Parents often underestimate degree of overweight of their children

Parents often underestimate degree of overweight of their children

The girls and boys also often did not know their high weight status. This was the conclusion of a wide-ranging study presented at the european congress on obesity in glasgow, uk. The congress continues until wednesday.

For their meta-analysis, the researchers used 87 studies from around the world over the past 20 years. These included 24.774 children and adolescents from 0 to 19 years and their parents.

"Despite attempts to demand public awareness of the problem of obesity, our findings show that childhood obesity is often underestimated," said abrar alshahrani of the university of nottingham in england. As a result, many children did not get the support they needed to stay healthy.

Globally, the number of children and young adults with obesity is reported to have increased more than tenfold over the past 40 years: from 5 million to 50 million for girls between 1975 and 2016, and from 6 million to 74 million for young people.

The result of the meta-study: 55 percent of parents of overweight children underestimate their weight status – especially in the case of little girls and boys. Parents who weigh too many kilos themselves and are not as well educated are particularly likely to be off the mark. And 34 percent of overweight children and teenagers also rated their degree of overweight as too low. Many doctors are also wrong.

According to a study by the robert koch institute, 26 percent of five to seventeen year olds in germany are overweight. Nearly 9 percent are obese. Those who are already extremely overweight in adolescence are difficult to reach medically, experts say. Only a small percentage actively seek help.

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