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Most Overweight Kids Misperceive Their Size — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
July 24, 2014

Most Overweight Kids Misperceive Their Size

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM

Roughly 81% of overweight boys and 71% of overweight girls consider themselves to be "about the right weight," according to a new CDC report.

As part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, U.S. children aged 8 to 15 years were asked, "Do you consider yourself now to be fat or overweight, too thin, or about the right weight?" Their answers were compared with their BMIs.

In children who were obese, 48% of boys and 36% of girls said they were about the right weight. Children from families with lower incomes were more likely to misclassify their weight status than those from higher-income families.

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Linda Rozich MS, RD, CNSC, CDN Other Healthcare Professional, Critical Care Medicine, St Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY

Obesity is becoming more and more of a problem in this country for both children and adults. In the 20 years in the nutrition field, I have seen a drastic increase in the BMIs. Partial blame lies with the food industry. It's time to get back to whole foods, preferably organic. Our food has become overwhelmingly processed junk.

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