Background. Problem behaviour and child obesity are two major problems in the western society and have widespread effects. Therefore prevention programs are necessary. Aim. The purpose of this study is to examine which factors can explain problem behaviour and child obesity. Method. Medical practitioners of youth health care in the Netherlands have documented information about the children that came for a check up (N = 6489) . In the current study this information is divided in several possible explaining factors for problem behaviour and child obesity. Results. Body image, food and eating behaviour, parenting skills, situation at home, peer influences, situation at school and gender are significantly associated with problem behaviour. These factors all together appear to explain problem behaviour for 5.1% - 9.9%. Body image, food and eating behaviour, parenting skills, situation at school, and ethnicity are significantly associated with child obesity. All these factors together explain child obesity for 4%. Conclusion. A lot of factors appear to be of influence on problem behaviour and child obesity. It is important that more research will be conducted concerning explaining factors for these problems. Research provides crucial information, based on which good prevention programs can be developed. That way, hopefully these problems can be diminished in the future
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