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Table 4 MCH nurse views and knowledge on infant feeding and TV watching in young children (0–5 years) (n = 53)

From: Obesity prevention in early life: an opportunity to better support the role of Maternal and Child Health Nurses in Australia

  Strongly disagree/disagree No (%) Strongly agree/agree No (%)
Growth monitoring and identification of at risk children   
Accelerated weight gain in infancy is NOT related to the development of overweight in childhood 40 (75.5) 13 (24.5)
It is easy to identify overweight infants and young children just by looking at them 37 (69.8) 16 (30.2)
It is easy to identify infants and young children who are at risk of becoming overweight 25 (47.2) 28 (52.8)
Parental feeding styles   
A good way to get infants and young children to eat healthy food is to offer a food as a reward (e.g. offering dessert if they eat all their vegetables) 47 (88.7) 6 (11.3)
Parents should offer an alternative food if their infant/child doesn’t eat the food offered 48 (90.6) 5 (9.4)
Parents should encourage their infant/child to eat all the food on their plate 47 (88.7) 6 (11.3)
If a parent continues to offer foods their infant hasn’t previously enjoyed, they will come to enjoy them 10 (18.8) 43 (81.1)
An infant knows when s/he is full 16 (30.2) 37 (69.8)
Timing on introduction of solids   
An infant under 6 months sometimes needs more than breastmilk or formula to be full 27 (50.9) 26 (49.1)
TV and small screen use   
TV is educational for children under 2 years of age 45 (84.9) 8 (15.1)
Children under 2 should NOT be allowed to watch TV 34 (64.2) 19 (35.8)
The recommendation to limit TV viewing and the use of other electronic media (DVDs, computers etc.) to less than one hour per day for children 2–5 years is unrealistic for most parents 26 (49.1) 27 (50.9)