Gap between parental perceptions of child’s weight and official classifications

30 marzo 2015

New study reveals a gap between parental perceptions of their child’s weight and official classifications of obesity. The work finds that parents are additionally more likely to underestimate their child’s weight if they are Black or south Asian (vs white), from more deprived backgrounds or if their offspring is male. The identification of gaps between parental perceptions and official guidelines, and variations seen in different demographics of the population, may help us evaluate how effective public health interventions for obesity in children are going to be in different groups of the population.