Most Moms Inaccurately Guess Toddler's Weight

Reported by: Lauren Gawthrop
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 5/11/2012 7:41 am
A new study finds mothers of overweight toddlers typically have inaccurate perceptions of their child's body size.

University of Maryland researchers studied nearly 300 mother-toddler pairs. Moms were asked to select a silhouette that correctly reflected their child's true body size.

Results show nearly 70 percent of mothers inaccurately assessed their toddler's body size.  Researchers say misperception of a child's size could lead to inappropriate feeding behaviors, like encouraging a healthy-weight child to eat more.

Doctors says parents need to pay attention to their pediatrician's growth chart.

"When you're thinking about a 20-month old being underweight is probably the greatest risk because that has an impact on their cognitive development, as well as their physical and behavioral development. When we think about the kids that are overweight some of them may not proceed to being overweight as school-aged children or adolescents, but they're at greater risk of developing those problems with overweight and obesity," said Leslie Heinberg, Ph.D. of Cleveland Clinic Bariatric & Metabolic Institute.

Complete findings for this study are in the "Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine."
Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
5 Kentucky, Tennessee schools on list
Two Tennessee universities have made the "honor roll" of a publication's 2014 list of "Great Colleges To Work For."
2014 36 Blitz: Mason Co. Royals
A look at tradition in Maysville and what it means to this season's team. Video Video
Identity Theft Suspect Identified
Nicholasville Police are positive they have a suspect identified who is wanted in a recent identity theft case.
Lincoln County Woman Abducted; Held For Ransom
Stanford Police are looking for a suspect who abducted a woman at gun point, and held her for ransom Video Video
9-Month Lexington Police Drug Investigation Nets 55 Arrests
Lexington police announce the end of "Operation Transformation." The investigation focused on drug sales in Lexington's east-end. Video Video
Flu RSS Aggregator Widget. Flash Player 9 is required.
Flu RSS Aggregator Widget.
Flash Player 9 is required.

Five Minutes Or Less For Health Widget. Flash Player 9 is required.
Five Minutes Or Less For Health Widget.
Flash Player 9 is required.

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.