Monday, March 28, 2011
Obese women, kids may not know weight
Women and children who are overweight and obese may have a skewed vision of just how heavy they are, a new study finds, as many underestimated how much they actually weighed.
Researchers surveyed 111 mothers (average age about 39) and 111 children ages 7 to 13. Among the study participants, about 66 percent of the mothers were overweight or obese, and about 39 percent of children were overweight or obese.
About 82 percent of the women who were obese underestimated their weight, and about 43 percent who were overweight low-balled their weight. Only about 13 percent of normal weight women underestimated their weight.
Among the children, about 86 percent who were overweight or obese underestimated their weight.