Adolescent Obesity Prevention in Botswana: Beliefs and Recommendations of School Personnel

Sheila Shaibu, Joanna E. Holsten, Nicolas Stettler, Segametsi D. Maruapula, Jose C. Jackson, Leapetswe Malete, George Mokone, Brian H. Wrotniak, Charlene W. Compher

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The study's objectives were to gain school personnel's (1) perceptions on diet, physical activity, body size, and obesity, (2) description of school food and physical activity practices, and (3) recommendations for programs to prevent adolescent obesity. The study took place in six junior secondary schools of varying socioeconomic status in Gaborone, Botswana. Using a qualitative descriptive design, semistructured interviews were conducted with key school personnel. Directed content analysis was used to summarize the findings. School personnel believed that obesity was an important problem. They felt that school food was unhealthy and that physical activity was provided insufficiently. Participants shared enthusiasm for a school-based health-promoting intervention that must be fun and include active engagement and education on healthy lifestyles for all students. Participants supported on-site food shop inventory changes and physical activity programs. Potential barriers listed were schools' financial resources, interest of students, and time limitations of all involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-229
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Botswana
  • intervention
  • obesity
  • overweight
  • qualitative
  • school


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