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Are Parents Aware that their Children are Overweight or Obese?

Creator:

He, M. and Evans, A.

Subject Keywords: A research article exploring parent's perceptions of their children's weight.
Set: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom
Description:

The objective of this cross-sectional study is compare children's actual weight status with their parents' perceptions of their weight status. Participants were convenience sample of pupils in elementary schools in Middlesex-London, and their parents. Of the 770 child-parent pairs targeted, 355 pairs participated in the study. Children's weight, height, and body mass index (BMI). Parents' perceptions of their children's weight status, family demographics, and parents' self-reported body weight and height were measured. The United States Centers for Disease Control's BMI-for-age references were used to define children's weight status (underweight, overweight, or obese). Response rate was 46%. Childrenメs actual weight status) was different from their parents' perceptions of their weight status. Factors such as children's sex and ethnicity and mothers' weight influenced parents' ability to recognize their children's weight status. Parents' misperceptions of their children's weight status seemed to be unrelated to their levels of education, their family income, or their children's ages. A large proportion of parents did not recognize that their children were overweight or obese. Effective public health strategies to increase parents' awareness of their children's weight status could be the first key steps in an effort to prevent childhood obesity.

Date:

01/09/2007

Rights: © The authors
Suggested citation:

He, M. and Evans, A.. (2007) Are Parents Aware that their Children are Overweight or Obese? [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/3798 [Accessed: 24th November 2017].

  

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