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Does maternal concern about children's weight affect children's body size perception at the age of 6.5? A community-based study

Mitchell, R, Wake, M, Canterford, L and Williams, J 2008, Does maternal concern about children's weight affect children's body size perception at the age of 6.5? A community-based study, International journal of obesity, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 1001-1007, doi: 10.1038/ijo.2008.12.

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Title Does maternal concern about children's weight affect children's body size perception at the age of 6.5? A community-based study
Author(s) Mitchell, R
Wake, M
Canterford, L
Williams, JORCID iD for Williams, J orcid.org/0000-0002-5633-1592
Journal name International journal of obesity
Volume number 32
Issue number 6
Start page 1001
End page 1007
Total pages 7
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1476-5497
Keyword(s) body mass index
child
longitudinal Studies
mothers
body image
Summary OBJECTIVE: Though overweight is often established by school entry, not all mothers of such children report weight concerns. Enhancing concern might assist lifestyle change, but could lead to child body dissatisfaction. We investigated (i) perceived/desired body size and body dissatisfaction in mothers and their 6.5-year-old children, and (ii) the impact of earlier maternal concern about overweight on children's body mass index (BMI) status and body dissatisfaction. DESIGN: Prospective community study. SETTING: Melbourne, Australia. SUBJECTS: 317 mother-child dyads. MAIN EXPOSURES: Child and maternal BMI (kg m(-2)) at 4.0 and 6.5 years; maternal concern about child overweight at 4.0 years. OUTCOME MEASURES: Paired perceived and desired body size on 7-point figural rating scales self-reported by mothers and children, and reported by mothers regarding children; dissatisfaction ('desired' minus 'perceived') score. RESULTS: For all three actual BMI perceived size pairings (mother self-report, mother's report on child and child self-report), BMI correlated with perceived body size (r=0.82 (mother self-report); r=0.65 (mother reporting on child); r=0.22 (child self-report); all P<0.001). Similarly, all three dissatisfaction scores were greater with increasing BMI status. Children's own dissatisfaction scores correlated with their actual BMI, but were not related to mothers' own body dissatisfaction scores or with mothers' dissatisfaction with children's body size. Maternal concern about overweight at the age of 4 years was not associated with BMI change, or child body dissatisfaction by the age of 6.5. Most mothers of overweight and obese children (88 and 90%, respectively) regarded their child as the middle figure (that is, 4) or thinner. CONCLUSIONS: Despite low rates of recognition of child overweight, maternal perceptions of the child's body correlated strongly with the child's actual BMI. Maternal concerns about child BMI did not appear to impact on child BMI change or child body dissatisfaction.
Language eng
DOI 10.1038/ijo.2008.12
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Nature Publishing Group
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