Most Overweight Kids Think They’re Actually in Shape, Study Finds

By Brian Shields

Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 12:11pm America/Los_Angeles

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ATLANTA (KRON) — Most obese children don’t think they’re overweight at all.

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That’s the conclusion of a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers say 81% over overweight boys and 71% of overweight girls think they’re actually about the right size. About 30% of all children between the ages of 8 and 15 are wrong when asked to assess their own weights.

Investigators say some kids who are actually the right size still perceive themselves as overweight. Poorer children are more likely to be wrong about their own weight status that richer students, researchers say.

Doctors say part of the problem is that parents don’t want to hear that their child is obese. While even overweight children are healthy now, researchers say they are more vulnerable to long-term implications of their excessive weights.

At the same time more children are being diagnosed with adult illnesses like Type II Diabetes and even elevated blood pressure or osteoarthritis because of their size.

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