From Education News: Parents ‘Weight Blind,’ Unaware of Children’s Health Problems
by Grace Smith
A new study has found that many parents suffer from what researchers have dubbed “weight blindness,” or the inability to recognize that their children are obese.
The British Journal of General Practice published the findings which included that 31% of parents underestimated their children’s body mass index (BMI). Brian Wu, writing for The Science Times, reports only 1% of parents included in the study classified their children as obese, and fewer than 1% overestimated their children’s body mass index. For children who were in the 95th percentile, there was an 80% chance that parents recognized that their child was obese.