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Parents' perceptions and concerns about their children's weight

Kremer, P. J., Bell, A. C., Sanigorski, A., Swinburn, B. and Schokker, D. 2006, Parents' perceptions and concerns about their children's weight, in ICO 2006 : Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on Obesity 2006, ICO, [Sydney, N.S.W.], pp. 242-242, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7881.2006.00283_6.x.

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Title Parents' perceptions and concerns about their children's weight
Author(s) Kremer, P. J.ORCID iD for Kremer, P. J. orcid.org/0000-0003-2476-1958
Bell, A. C.ORCID iD for Bell, A. C. orcid.org/0000-0003-2731-9858
Sanigorski, A.
Swinburn, B.
Schokker, D.
Conference name International Congress on Obesity (10th : 2006 : Sydney, New South Wales)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 3-8 Sep. 2006
Title of proceedings ICO 2006 : Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on Obesity 2006
Publication date 2006
Start page 242
End page 242
Publisher ICO
Place of publication [Sydney, N.S.W.]
Summary Background: For parents to address overweight or obesity in their children, they first need to perceive their child to be overweight and to show some level of concern. We aimed to: (1) measure the level of misclassification between children’s actual and parent-perceived weight status, and (2) determine the level of parent concern about their child’s (actual) weight and whether concern varied according to the accuracy of parents’ perceptions.

Methods: Participants were 1711 primary school children aged 5–12 years from the Barwon-South West region of Victoria, Australia. Height and weight were measured and weight status determined using international standards. Parents completed a Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) that included questions relating to their child’s weight.

Results: 448 children (26.2% of sample) were overweight or obese. Of these, weight status for almost half (48%) was underestimated by parents. This ‘bias’ did not vary according to the child’s gender, parent’s education, or household socio-economic status but did for child’s age and parent-respondent gender. More than half (57%) of the parents of overweight-obese children expressed no concern about their child’s weight. Parents who underestimated the weight status of their overweight child were significantly less concerned (P < 0.001) about their child’s weight than those who correctly perceived their child as overweight.

Conclusions: Parents were relatively poor judges of overweight or obesity in their own child and consequently there was a lack of appropriately directed concern. Education to help parents correctly classify their child’s weight status should be part of efforts to prevent unhealthy weight gain.
Notes The abstract for this paper has been published in : Obesity Reviews, Volume 7, pp.224-98, September 2006.

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Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-7881.2006.00283_6.x
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2006, The International Association for the Study of Obesity
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022263

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