Effect of Health Educational Intervention on Knowledge and Perceptions of Health Consequences of Obesity among Secondary School Students in Ile Ife, Osun, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.08.02.Art014

Authors : Arilewola Abosede Omotola, Adegbenro, Caleb A


Obesity prevalence among adolescents in the world is on an alarming rate. Obesity is associated with morbidities such as cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, cancers, psychosocial and endocrine problems and mortality in significant manner the focus is now on prevention through health educational intervention. This study aimed at assessing the effect of this health education intervention on knowledge and perceptions of health consequences of obesity among secondary school students in Ile Ife, South Western, Nigeria. The study design is quasi experimental which made used of 65 items pre-tested, purpose design, self-administered questionnaire to obtain information on knowledge and perception of health consequences of obesity from the respondents before and after intervention. Data collected were analyzed with descriptive and inferential statistics. The result revealed that knowledge and perception level were low among the selected secondary school students. The results also showed significant difference in the pre-test and posttest knowledge and perception levels of health consequences of obesity among the secondary school students following health educational intervention in the intervention group. The result further showed a significant change overtime, 0 week, 3 weeks and 6 weeks in knowledge and perception of health consequences of obesity in the intervention group. It was therefore concluded that, health educational intervention has positive, significant effect on knowledge and perception of health consequences of obesity among selected secondary school students in Ile Ife, South –west, Nigeria.


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