Do you see your child as ‘overweight’?
May be that is the reason for his/her gaining more weight over the period of time.
Children whose parents considered them to be ‘overweight,’ tended to gain more weight over the following decade, compared with children, whose parents thought they were a ‘normal’ weight. The findings indicate that children, whose parents identified them as being overweight, perceived their own body size more negatively and were more likely to attempt to lose weight, factors that partly accounted for their weight gain.
Children’s height and weight when they began the study as four or five-year-old. At that time, the children’s parents reported whether they thought the children were best described as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or very overweight. Later, when they were 12 or 13, the children used a series of images depicting bodies that increased in size to indicate which image most resembled their own body size.
Researchers took height and weight measurements again when the children were 14 or 15 years old.The results indicated that parents’ perceptions were associated with children’s weight gain 10 years later: Children whose parents considered them to be overweight at age four or five tended to gain more weight by age 14 or 15.
The children develop a negative image about their body which makes them gain more weight.
“The findings of the present studies support the proposition that parents’ perception of their children as overweight could have unintended negative consequences on their children’s health”.
Take your kids for morning or evening walk regularly, to stay fit and healthy.
Thank You 😉