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