How big is your baby
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
There are big kids, and too-big kids, and researchers say many moms can’t tell the difference. At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Erin Hager had low-income moms of overweight toddlers choose silhouettes that the moms thought represented the size of their child.
“Ninety-four percent of mothers of overweight toddlers chose a silhouette that was two or more images smaller than their child’s true body size.”
Dr. Hager says mothers of normal-weight toddlers also estimated wrong.
This doesn’t mean toddlers should go on diets. But Hager says mothers do need to watch what their kids eat, whether they’re active enough – and whether they’re big, or right-sized.
The study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: July 17, 2012