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Childhood Obesity: On the Rise and Parents in Denial

Posted Jul 07 2010 12:00am

Childhood Obesity. Parents in denial
Childhood Obesity: On the Rise and Parents in Denial.

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.

A new report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010 , published by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that an increasing number of children are either overweight or obese and that their parents are in denial. The report is consistent with an analysis published in May 2010 by Kaiser Permanente citing that over one-third of American children are overweight or obese.

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.

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