Parental Perceptions: Children’s Weight Status vs. Overall Health

In a recent paper, Vangeepuram et al. surveyed parents (n=116), the majority who were Hispanic (74%), about their perception of children’s weight status and overall health.

The authors found, similar to previous studies, that approximately 50% of parents of children with overweight and obesity did not perceive them as such. However, irrespective of parental perception of children’s weight, parents with healthy weight children were more likely to perceive them to be of excellent or great overall health compared to their unhealthy weight counterparts. Moving forward, this suggests value in assessing parental perceptions beyond children’s weight in the context of obesity prevention and management.

Vangeepuram et al (2016)


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