More than half of parents do not see the extra weight in their children

Более половины родителей не видят лишний вес у своих детей

Scientists said that many parents distorted perception of their own child. More than half do not see their children overweight.

Parents in more than half of the cases underestimate the extra weight and even obesity in their children, – this was stated by researchers from the University of Nottingham. In favor of this conclusion are the results of the meta-analysis of 87 studies conducted between 2000 and 2018, and incorporate data 24,7 thousand children under the age of 19 years and their parents.

Scientists have noted the curious tendency – namely, in small children especially often tend not to see excess weight. The experts noted that “the younger the child, the less parents determine his extra weight”. Thus, according to them, most likely parents show in the rating weight in boys – fat boys are mostly valued by parents as normal weight, compared with girls.

In addition, scientific experts have discovered that parents with overweight slim rarely saw overweight in their children.

“In adults with obesity, there is the problem of the accuracy of perception of their body weight. It turned out that this same problem exists in respect of children are overweight”, – cites the opinion of scientists in Medical Express.

According to their data, more than one third of children and adolescents (34%) incorrectly determine your weight status – don’t see the problem in the presence of extra pounds. In turn, among parents, more than half (55%) underestimate the risk of overweight in their children, describing their body weight as close to normal.

“Parents often attribute obesity to your child that he has “big bones”, and avoid the topic of childhood obesity.

However, the recognition of weight issues and their early detection offers a good opportunity in childhood to correct a person’s health on all his future life,” said the authors.