Young children do not get fat all on their own, they have help from a
variety of sources, including the lack of physical education in schools, lack
of play time and play areas, and too many calories served at home. But many
parents turn a blind eye to the fact that their children are overweight and
becoming unhealthy adults.
Parents who were polled about their children overwhelmingly—to the tune of
84 percent— rated their children as having an normal or healthy weight, while
in fact that was not true in many of the cases. There were also cultural issues
that were addressed in the report, such as Latino parents preferring to have
children who were a little on the heavier side and African American parents
more likely to underestimate the weight of their children, and more likely to
have an overweight child.