Many Parents find their Overweight Children to be of Just Right Size

Many Parents find their Overweight Children to be of Just Right Size

Parents are often blamed for not introducing healthy eating habits among their children, hence pushing them to be part of the overweight or obese list. It would be shocking to know that many parents are unaware that their child is overweight.

A new study suggests that less than half of overweight or obese children can find out the issue. For the research, scientists evaluated the data collected in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sponsored National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

In the survey, parents were asked about what they think about their child's weight as whether they are underweight, overweight or having the right weight. CDC examiners also calculated the child's body mass index (BMI) using height and weight measurements.

Researchers found that between 2005 and 2010, just 44% of parents of children aged between 6 and 11 were able to correctly identify that whether or not their child was obese or overweight. And, as much as 84% of parents of overweight children stated that their child was having just the right weight.

It is not the first study to reveal a major reason behind increasing number of overweight and obese children. It is very strange that such a high percentage of parents have failed to judge the correct weight of their child.

With passage of time, a decline has been witnessed in the percentage of parents who can rightly assess their child's weight. Between 1988 and 1994, around 51% of parents were able to correctly identify their child's weight.

Amanda Staiano, director of the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, thinks that this change has come due to a 'new normal' trend that is now existing in the society.

Now, people compare themselves with others around them. "If a child is in a class where most of the kids are overweight or obese, that becomes the new normal", said Staiano.

Lead author Dr. Jian Zhang said it is important for parents to correctly identify their child's weight, as otherwise they will not be able to take decisions that are good for their child's health.


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