> Parents unaware of the weight of the children

Several studies have verified, in fact, that thereò not the case in the very high percentages of cases, in relation to socio-demographic factors.

The classification of their children has been proposed in a sample of children between 5 and 12 years, their parents, appaiando a child to a parent (n=576). According to the Likert scale, parents were to place the child in between the two extremes of “extremely underweight” and “extremely overweight”.

The perception of parental è been then compared with the body weight estimated on the basis of the percentiles relative to age and gender, of thebody mass index (BMI).

L’86% of parents of children obese or overweight has given an incorrect classification, calling them overweight in the first and normal second. In particular, all parents of a child with a BMI greater than or equal to 95° percentile classified their child in a category other than “extremely overweight”.

in Addition, 75% of the children with BMI between 85° and 95° percentile were classified as “near normal” or underweight. The error occurred with più probability; with male children (29% vs 21%) and there were no additional features associated with the error.

The results highlight the needà to pay more attention to the body weight of the child during the visits and report to parents and any abnormalities. (S. Z.)

J Pediatr Health Care. 2009; 23(4):216-21

Per approfondire:

Come prevenire the obesità child

Page published on October 08, 2009

Similar post:  Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH): Definition