Parents Underestimate Heavy Toddlers’ Weight - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Parents Underestimate Heavy Toddlers’ Weight

SPOKANE, Wash. - Most parents don't realize if their preschool-age child is overweight or obese, a new study suggests.

The results show 71 percent of participating parents with overweight or obese toddlers misperceived their child's weight, identifying it as either a healthy weight or lighter than healthy weight. 

The parents were more likely to underestimate their child's weight if a pediatrician had never discussed the issue with them. In fact, fewer than 8 percent of parents reported hearing from a pediatrician that their child was overweight or gaining weight too fast.

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