Parents and Their Overweight Children.
Monday, March 30, 2009
There are several studies in the literature that have looked at parental perceptions of childhood obesity. Universally, parents were more likely to misperceive their child’s weight. This was especially true for parents who were themselves overweight. Implications for practice: If parents do not recognize their child as at risk for overweight or overweight, they cannot implement proper weight reduction measures to diminish the risk factors for pediatric obesity and its related complications. More research is needed to identify why this phenomenon occurs. Only then can effective interventions be initiated.
My advice: take your kid to a pediatrician and make sure you listen the the doctors advice! YOU can be the most influential person in your kids life, so make sure you influence is of the healthy kind!