Parents, Kids Underestimate Weight
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.
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
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.