Parents blind to obesity in kids

Parents of obese children appear to have a hard time recognising they have a potentially serious health problem, research shows.

The US study finds that parents are commonly in a state of denial about their child’s weight despite a diagnosis of obesity.

The research suggests their apparent blindness to their children’s plight hampers their efforts in helping their son or daughter reach a healthy weight.

Based on a survey of 202 parents of obese children, the study shows 31% of parents perceived

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