Most Parents Ignore/Deny Their Child's Obesity, Says Scary Study

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And most of the denial comes from parents who are obese themselves.

There are many things that parents overlook when it comes to their children: behavior, weight, intellecual ability. It’s difficult to convince any parent that their child isn't “the fairest of them all.” But unfortunately, throwing on blinders may affect your child's health.

How so?

A new study has found that many parents of clinically obese children don't see their kids as unhealthily overweight.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL Institute of Child Health conducted a study surveying 3,000 parents about the weight of their child. About 31 percent underestimated where their child stood on the spectrum while less than one percent overestimated.

When it came to parents of children struggling with obesity — above the 95 percentile — they were very unlikely to acknowledge it being a problem. Only one in 100 of these parents classified their little ones correctly.

And even more interesting: Parents who were higher in body mass index themselves were more likely to grapple with the reality of their child's weight.

Researchers surmised that parents oftentimes turn a blind eye because being obese has become somewhat acceptable amongst our society. A major concern the team of researchers share (and we should too):

If we’re all willing to ignore the problem, how will we come to a solution?

We can see how this can be a delicate matter. As parents, you want to teach your child to love their body — which is totally fine. But. It’s up to us (the village) to know and teach them that loving your body means keeping it healthy, too.


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