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In a survey of over 1200 families, researchers with Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research discovered a new kind of blindness: the inability to see your offspring as overweight. They found that 89 percent of parents of overweight children between five and six years old, and 63 percent of parents of overweight kids between ten and twelve years old, did not realize that their children were chubby. 71 percent of the former and 43 percent of the latter did not see their child’s weight as a problem.
The head of the Centre, Professor David Crawford, remarked that it’s not surprising that parents can’t see their children’s heftiness, given that many large-size adults don’t believe themselves to be overweight either. He noted that the current obesity campaigns don’t seem to be working too well, and that people may be simply beginning to see portly children as the norm. Although a substantial proportion of parents did try to prevent their child from gaining too much weight, fewer than ten percent were giving their kids more fruit and vegetables as a weight control strategy, and few had tried to limit their children’s soda drinking or television viewing.
Source: Deakin University
Categories: Kids & Teens
Apr 3, 2007
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