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24 March 2011

Obese moms and kids underestimate their weight

Overweight and obese people often think they weigh less than they do, and many mothers of chubby kids view their children's bulk as normal, new research finds.

Overweight and obese people often think they weigh less than they do, and many mothers of chubby kids view their children's bulk as normal, new research finds.

"It sort of skews their image of what they see as being a normal or healthy weight," Dumas added.

Obese moms don't see a problem

  • 82% of obese mothers and 43% of overweight mothers underestimated their weight.
  • 86% of overweight or obese children underestimated their weight, while only 15% of normal-sized kids did.
  • 48% of mothers of obese or overweight children thought their children's weight was normal.
  • 13% of normal-weight mothers underestimated their weight.

 
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