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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 10, 2014

Perceptions of Weight Status

JAMA. 2014;312(10):993. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10733

Misperceptions about whether US children and teens are a healthy weight, overweight, or obese are common among youths and their parents. The findings, say researchers who analyzed the data, have important implications for preventing childhood obesity.

Previous studies have suggested that children and their parents often underestimate the child’s weight status, which may prevent overweight and obese children from attempting to lose weight. So the researchers examined both misperceptions about weight and how they may relate to youths’ attempts to lose weight.

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