Navigation Links
One out of 2 parents do not see their child's weight problem

Susann Regber has worked for many years with children with obesity as a pediatric nurse. In her dissertation at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, she studied the parents' role in the health-promoting and disease-prevention work against child obesity in young children.

The research is a part of a European study that comprises a total of 16,220 children in the ages 2-9, of which 1,800 live in Partille, Alingss and Mlndal in Sweden.

Estimate the weight status

In Susann Regber's dissertation, the parents were asked to estimate their child's weight status and health, and to describe their own worries about their child's becoming overweight or underweight. The parents' perceptions were then compared with the children's actual measurements.

Among other findings, the studies show that:

  • Around 40 per cent of parents of children with both overweight and obesity are worried that the child will become underweight. Among parents of children who are already underweight, the proportion that are worried about it is 33 per cent.

  • One out of two parents of a child with overweight in Central and Northern Europe perceived their child's weight as normal. In Southern Europe, the same figure was 75 per cent.

Major significance

"How parents perceive their child's weight status is of major significance to being able to promote a healthy weight development. Our studies show that the parents' insight into obesity in their children indeed grows in pace with the child's age and higher BMI in the child, but also that a weight development at preschool age can go from overweight to obesity without necessary lifestyle changes being made," says Susann Regber, who is presenting the findings in her dissertation:

"Many parents simply do not see the increase in growth, and are dependent on objective information from, for instance, child welfare centers and school health care to act." A simple measure may be to introduce a routine in pediatric and school health care to always show the child's BMI curve to the parents.

Many obstacles to healthy habits

As a part of the studies, the researchers arranged group discussions with children and parents. In the talks, the parents emphasized that there are many obstacles to being able to maintain healthy eating habits: long working days, financial limitations, and the constant availability and marketing of unhealthy food and drinks.

Another problem that was brought up was that other family members, like spouses and grandparents, broke the rules set up in the home.

"But the parents also emphasized examples that promoted good eating habits, like children being served good, healthy food at day-care and in school," says Susann Regber.

The findings in this dissertation are based on the European research project IDEFICS, where researchers from various parts of Europe are studying lifestyle, diet and obesity as well as their health effects on children between the ages of 2 and 10 years.


Contact: Krister Svahn
University of Gothenburg

Related biology news :

1. Magpie parents know a baby cuckoo when they see one
2. CU study relies on twins and their parents to understand height-IQ connection
3. Blame your parents for bunion woes
4. CU-Boulder study looks at microbial differences between parents, kids and dogs
5. Disappearing nannies force parents to accept their duties
6. Environment schemes for kids influence parents behavior
7. Parents talking to their teens about being overweight
8. Questionnaire completed by parents may help identify 1-year-olds at risk for autism
9. Parents seen as critical stakeholders in expanding newborn screening
10. Parents say that healthy eating is challenging for youth who play sports
11. Starting a family does not encourage parents to eat healthier
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
One out of 2 parents do not see their child's weight problem
(Date:11/19/2015)... , Nov. 19, 2015  Based on its ... & Sullivan recognizes BIO-key with the 2015 Global Frost ... year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the ... catering to the needs of the market it serves. ... line meets and expands on customer base demands, the ...
(Date:11/18/2015)... 2015  As new scientific discoveries deepen our understanding ... healthcare providers face challenges in better using that knowledge ... addition, as more children continue to survive pediatric cancer, ... old age. John M. Maris, M.D ., ... Philadelphia (CHOP) . --> John M. ...
(Date:11/17/2015)... Paris from 17 th until ... from 17 th until 19 th November ... has invented the first combined scanner in the world which scans ... Until now two different scanners were required: one for passports ... on the same surface. This innovation is an ideal solution ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... , December 1, 2015 Partnership includes an ... for the u niversity , ... support treatment s cale - up ... (ARVs)   Africa , where licensees based anywhere in the ... on SDN technology. --> Africa , where licensees based anywhere ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Mass. , Nov. 30, 2015 ... HART ), a biotechnology company developing bioengineered organ ... received written notification from The NASDAQ Stock Market ... bid price requirements. The letter noted that as ... HART,s common stock having exceeded $1.00 per share ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... BETHESDA, Md. , Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... property development company committed to the fostering and ... on the current and prospective initiatives designed to ... , Chief Executive Officer of Spherix. "Based on ... potential future licensees exceeds $50 billion and Spherix ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015  Champions Oncology, Inc. (CSBR), engaged in ... personalize the development and use of oncology drugs, today ... will be presenting at the LD MICRO Investor Conference ... Time (PST).  The conference, held at the Luxe Sunset ... , will feature 200 small/micro-cap companies and is ...
Breaking Biology Technology: