Trends in Attitudes and Practice Patterns of Physical Therapists in Addressing Childhood Obesity in Schools

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This study investigated trends in attitudes of school physical therapists about intervention for childhood obesity.


A survey was developed to quantify attitudes. Two cases investigated the influence of attitudes on choices in treatment frequency. Factor analysis further delineated reasons for treatment frequency recommendations.


Attitudes did not change. Variability in responses decreased. Personal characteristics had evolving influence. In 2008, the perception of the PT's role in childhood obesity intervention had a greater influence on the choice to treat, but in 2015 the perception of the seriousness had a bigger effect on that decision.


Changing demographics of the therapists, increasing prevalence of obesity, and recent attention to the problem may have contributed to the trends.


There is no consensus as to the role of school physical therapy with intervention for obesity, but influential variables are emerging and practice patterns are evolving.

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