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Do You Think You're Thinner Than You Actually Are?

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A new study reports many overweight moms and children think they're slimmer than they actually are, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center.

mom on weighing scale

Separate groups of over a hundred women and a hundred children in New York were asked a series of questions about their age, income and body size. Their height and weight were measured. About 80% of participants were Hispanic. The rest were black, Asian or white, according to USA Today.

Findings reported at a recent American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta concluded:

•66% of the moms were overweight or obese, and 39% of kids were too heavy. Both numbers are close to the national trend.

•Most obese women (82%) underestimated their weight when looking at the silhouettes; 42.5% of overweight women did the same. About 13% of normal-weight women thought of themselves as thinner than they were.

•Most overweight or obese children (86%) underestimated their weight, compared with 15% of normal-weight kids.

•47.5% of moms with overweight or obese children thought their kids were at a healthy weight.

•41% of the children thought their moms should lose weight.

"Parents come in and say that their child is too thin, but on the growth charts, he's a normal weight or even slightly overweight," she says. "There are so many overweight children out there that a normal-weight child looks thin. The norm has become overweight," says Pediatrician Claire McCarthy of Children's Hospital Boston.

Continue reading the full story on USA

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Laura Vivoni March 25, 2011, 7:20 PM

I am currently obese according to my BMI. I am 5’3” and 170 lbs and I am a size 10/12 in clothes. I see in the mirror and I don’t see a FAT person, I see myself and I embrace my curves. I am aware that I have more pounds on me than what is healthy for me. But it is also true that I look at pictures of me when I was my healthy weight and I seem too skinny. I don’t believe that overweight is the norm, I believe that after many years when the ideal was super skinny and after all these kids getting eating disorders people started to embrace a fuller figure, accepting it. I don’t think it matters as much what is your weight but that you lead a healthy lifestyle.

Elisa March 25, 2011, 11:51 PM

Well in Italy i think we have less problems… most of this depends from the lifesyle… nutrition and how people use to live their life.
Anycase I had 2 child (last one in 2008) and i am lucky.. like before. But i do many sport and eat not so much… mostly salad and light foods.
Consolidamento Debiti

Paulina May 21, 2011, 7:48 PM

Haha. I woke up down today. You’ve cheeerd me up!

Genevieve May 22, 2011, 12:47 PM

Hey, you’re the goto expert. Thanks for haginng out here.

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