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Table 2 Difficult daily situations for mothers in encouraging healthy energy balance–related behavior in their school-aged child

From: Everyday life situations in which mothers experience difficulty stimulating healthy energy balance–related behavior in their school-age children: a focus group study

Setting and/or activity Difficult everyday life situation
Mothers find it difficult when/that their…
Having dinner
 (1) Just before dinner Children complain about the kinds of foods the parents are cooking
Children do not want to sit at the table when told
 (2) At the dinner table Children do not want to eat their vegetables
Children’s preferences for vegetables change over time
Children eat extremely slowly
Children do not eat enough
Having breakfast
 (3) Just before breakfast Children have trouble getting out of bed
Children do not want to sit at the table when told
 (4) At the breakfast table Children do not eat well in the morning
Children eat slowly when there is not enough time
Eating candy and snacks
 (5) At home Children constantly want to eat candy/snacks
Children eat candy/snacks when the parents are not around
 (6) At school Children are given unhealthy treats
 (7) Elsewhere Children buy candy and snacks themselves
Children are given candy and snacks by their friends
Children are given candy and snacks by their grandparents or other family members
Eating fruit
 (8) At school Children do not always eat their fruit or do not eat any fruit at all
Children want the same unhealthy snacks as their classmates, rather than fruit
Physical activity  
 (9) Playing sports Children do not want to participate in sports and are physically lazy
Children are not able to choose a sport
 (10) Playing outside Children do not feel like playing outside
Children play outside by themselves
Sedentary behavior
 (11) Computer use at home Children spend an excessive amount of time at the computer
Children do not want to turn off their computer game when they are told to do so
 (12) Computer use elsewhere Children spend an excessive amount of time playing on a computer at their friend’s house
 (13) Watching television at home Children spend an excessive amount of time watching television
 (14) Watching television elsewhere Children watch an excessive amount of television at their friend’s house