Obesity in own children not noticed by parents

Obesity in own children not noticed by parents

Interesting article about how we see ourselves and our children’s weight as different from “those overweight people over there”.

A recent NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll found only 20% of parents feared their children would grow up to be overweight as an adult, even though in 10 years, over 80% of Americans (and growing every year), will be overweight.

Assuming the current trends persist (and there is absolutely no signs they will not persist; the actual science tells us they will get far worse), parents of 80% of American children think all these kids will somehow end up being among the lucky 20% of adults who are not overweight...

Something is not connecting here.

The article, written by Shankar Vedantam on March 4, 2013 is here in full: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/04/173227718/your-childs-fat-mines-fine-rose-colored-glasses-and-the-obesity-epidemic

Posted: Wednesday 13 March 2013