From ToyBox Study to eToyBox : Advancing Childhood Obesity Reduction in Malaysian Kindergartens

Sue, Reeves and Poh, Bee Koon and Chong, Yi Ting and Julia Ai Cheng, Lee and Cheah, Whye Lian and Noor Hafizah, Yatiman and Georgia, Nelson and Ruzita, Abd Talib and Denise, Koh and Carolyn, Summerbell and Cecilia A., Essau and Edward Leigh, Gibson (2023) From ToyBox Study to eToyBox : Advancing Childhood Obesity Reduction in Malaysian Kindergartens. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Heath, 20 (16). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1660-4601

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Prevention and treatment of childhood obesity is a global concern, and in Malaysia, it is considered a national public health priority. Determinants of childhood obesity are multifactorial and include factors that directly and indirectly influence energy balance-related behaviours, including energy intake and energy expenditure. Interventions to address childhood obesity that have multiple components at different levels have been shown to be the most influential. The ToyBox-study is a childhood obesity intervention aimed at preschool-aged children and their families that had been shown to be effective in several European countries and so was chosen for adaption for the Malaysian setting. Materials were translated and adjusted for the Malaysian context and audience and implemented in kindergartens in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, teaching transitioned to being online. This brought an opportunity to reach a wider audience and consider the long-term sustainability of the intervention, and thus eToybox was born. eToybox aims to bring support for healthy energy balance behaviours directly to the teachers, into kindergartens and homes, to encourage families to be active and eat healthily, and prevent or reduce obesity. Through online innovation, the Toybox Study Malaysia programme has been expanded to enhance its potential to impact the promotion of healthy lifestyles among preschoolers and their families, highlighting the importance of a holistic approach to preventing and treating childhood obesity in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood; obesity; intervention; nutrition; energy balance; preschool; online.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Lian
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2023 00:40
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2023 00:40

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