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As kids get fatter, fewer parents can tell their children are obese
As kids get fatter, fewer parents can tell their children are obese

Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can’t even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that American parents are significantly less likely to make an accurate assessment of their children’s weight compared with parents from an earlier generation. If moms and dads don’t see the problem, they aren’t likely to be part of the solution, the researchers say. “Crucial to parental involvement in weight reduction or maintenance efforts among children is parental recognition of their child’s overweight status,” the team wrote in the study, which was...

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