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Bol Asoc Med P R. 2008 Apr-Jun;100(2):33-8.

Perception of parents regarding their children's weight.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine and Ramon Ruiz Arnau Hospital, Bayamon, PR.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in 2003 was 63.6% in P.R. and 60.1% in USA. An overweight school-aged child with an obese parent has over 70% chance of being obese in young adulthood.

OBJECTIVES:

To study perceptions of parents about their children's weight and to determine which factors are associated with parent's failure to perceive when their children are overweight.

METHODS:

Cross sectional survey, the sample was population of children and their parents, selected by availability, between 4-12 years old in elementary schools (private and public schools), N=234. The instrument was a self-administered questionnaire of 23 questions. SSPS version 10.0 was used for analysis with significance of p<0.05.

RESULTS:

51% of parents perceived themselves overweight while they perceived their children in adequate weight (62%), so they don't get professional help. There's no significant difference between genders and schools. The study revealed that children's weight follows the role modeling of their parents (p<0.001). In BMI curve (>85%) showed that 84.3% children have at least one parent with overweight (ow) or obesity (ob) while 15.7% children have no parent with ow/ob (p<0.05). Study showed that 33% of parents do nothing about their children's weight. Parents consider themselves to be responsible for childhood obesity.

CONCLUSIONS:

The majority of the parents does not perceive their children at risk of becoming overweight or be overweight, so they do not get help early.

PMID:
19227728
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