An abstract (preliminary) study from the American College of Sports Medicine shows that parents underestimate their kids’ weight.
As we’ve gotten bigger, we don’t recognize what “overweight” and “obese” look like. At a minimum, your health care providers need accurate weights to treat your kids.
BALTIMORE (EGMN) – One in five children who are obese would be misclassified by physicians using parent estimates of their child’s height and weight, according to a study of 1,430 patients at an orthopedic clinic.
Almost half of parents in the study (45%) underestimated their child’s weight.
“Parents are really unaware of how much their children weigh, and it could be fairly large errors. We had some [who were] off by 10-20 pounds,” Daniel O’Connor, Ph.D., said in an interview. Dr. O’Connor presented the data in a poster at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.