A survey conducted by Columbia University Medical Center in New York revealed that moms and children in the US have a false sense of their weight and think they are slimmer than they actually are.
The study revealed that:
- 66% of the moms and 39% of kids were overweight or obese. Both numbers are close to the national trend.
- 82% of women underestimated their weight when looking at the silhouettes; 42.5% of overweight women did the same.
- 13% of normal-weight women thought of themselves as thinner than they were.
- 86% of kids 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.
Something to ponder next time you look in the mirror, or at your little one.
- True Weight Underestimated By Obese And Overweight Mothers And Their Children (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Overweight, Obese Moms and Kids Underestimate Their Body Size (livescience.com)
- Study: Most obese moms, kids underestimate their weight (cnn.com)