Child obesity not recognised by many parents

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Parents of obese children often don’t view their kids as unhealthy or recognise the health consequences of excess weight or inactivity. [s]Medicinenet[/s] reports that the children of the families surveyed were attending an obesity clinic at the [b]Hasbro Children’s Hospital[/b] in [b]Providence, Rhode Island[/b]. Dr Kyung Rhee, now an assistant professor of paediatrics at the [b]University of California, San Diego[/b] surveyed slightly more than 200 families in 2008 and 2009 to evaluate their readiness to help their children lose weight. She found that 28% of the parents did not perceive their child’s weight as a health concern. They were more likely to try to improve their children’s eating habits than to increase exercise.

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