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Parents, Kids Underestimate Weight

separator Two recent studies indicate that children and their parents don’t always recognize when they are overweight. This means that they also don’t know they’re at risk for diabetes and heart disease. One of the studies, conducted in Britain, showed that three quarters of parents surveyed did not know that their children’s weight was above normal. Children and their parents in this study are being observed for 12 years. They answer what are called “self-perception” questionnaires, I which most of the people rated themselves as “about right,” even when they were overweight or obese. 

The other study, which is going on in America, showed that 40.2 percent of children had pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar is higher than normal but not yet at a diabetic level. Pre-diabetes almost always develops into actual diabetes. 

At your routine checkups, if your doctor or your child’s pediatrician doesn’t say anything to you about weight, that doesn’t always mean you’re within the normal range. It’s a good idea to ask whether your weight or your child’s weight is healthy. If it’s not, you and your doctor can make a plan to get weight under control.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.
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