Briefly, here are some of the myths (or at least my interpretation of them):
1. Myth: Misperception = unawareness. Reality: Misperception is unique in that it implies both unawareness and perception of an incorrect weight status attributed to children.
2. Myth: If parents knew it was a problem, they’d do something about it. Reality: Awareness is a necessary but insufficient precursor to action; those parents who accurately perceive children’s weight status are not more likely to promote children’s healthier lifestyle behaviors.
3. Myth: Parents’ misperceptions represent a personal failure. Reality: Normalization of overweight & obesity may influence parent’s reluctance (knowingly or unknowingly) to use terms such as “obese”, particularly given the associated stigma.