Many studies now show parents underestimate their overweight kids’ weight.
A New York pediatrician’s office shows that barely 10% of parents of overweight kids actually thought their kid was overweight.
In contrast, fully 60% of parents of normal-weight kids knew that their kid’s weight was normal. Parents of overweight kids were off by an average of 45%tile.
Parents of normal-weight kids who underestimated are more likely to be concerned about their child’s weight than parents who get it right.
Parents most likely to make changes are those who knew that they themselves were overweight, had overweight kids over 8 years old, and those who thought their kid had a health problem.
Obese children have a high risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome. These are all disorders thought only to occur in adults–like my patients–until several years ago.
Bottom line: parents have a hard time discerning when their child is overweight, and it is different for adults than for kids. For kids, use the BlubberBusters BMI for kids calculator: good, clear explanations and info.