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Eur J Public Health. 2006 Dec;16(6):645-7. Epub 2006 Jul 12.

Parents often do not recognize overweight in their child, regardless of their socio-demographic background.

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  • 1Municipal Health Service for Rotterdam Area, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. jansenw@ggd.rotterdam.nl


To involve parents successfully in the treatment of overweight in their child, they first need to be aware of the problem and its accompanying health risks. Data on 1840 9-11 year olds from the Rotterdam Youth Health Monitor were analysed to investigate whether awareness of parents differs according to socio-demographic characteristics. In the case of overweight children, 50% of the parents do not recognize that their child is overweight. Except for age none of the investigated socio-demographic characteristics, including ethnicity and parental education, was associated with awareness. Parents of obese children show greater awareness than parents of overweight children.

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