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Most Doctors Don't Tell Parents Kids Are Overweight
Date:12/6/2011

TUESDAY, Dec. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Less than one-quarter of American parents with an overweight child remember ever being told by a health care professional that this was the case, a new study says.

"Parents might be more motivated to follow healthy eating and activity advice if they knew their children were overweight, but very few parents of overweight children say they have ever heard that from their doctor," lead author Dr. Eliana Perrin, an associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a pediatrician at North Carolina Children's Hospital, said in a university news release.

"As health care providers, it's our job to screen for overweight and obesity and communicate those screening results in sensitive ways, and we are clearly either not doing it or not doing it in a way that families can hear or remember. While we've done better in recent years, clearly there's more work to be done," she added.

Perrin and colleagues analyzed federal government data collected on nearly 5,000 overweight children aged 2 to 15 between 1999 to 2008. During that time, 22 percent of parents said a doctor or other health care professional told them their child was overweight.

This percentage did increase from 19.4 percent in 1999 to 23.4 percent in 2004 and 29.1 percent in by 2008.

Among parents with obese children, only 58 percent recalled a doctor telling them that their child was obese.

The study appeared online Dec. 5 in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

"We need to figure out two things: How much does communication of weight status influence parents' behaviors? And, if hearing that their children are overweight is as big a wake-up call to changing lifestyle as we know from some other small studies, we need to figure out where this communication is breaking down so we can do better in the future," Perrin said.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about overweight and obesity in children.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, news release, Dec. 5, 2011


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