Factors that Influence Parental Misperception of Their Child’s Actual Weight Status in South Carolina

Factors that Influence Parental Misperception of Their Child’s Actual Weight Status in South... Objectives Studies suggest that parents tend to misperceive their child’s actual weight status and typically underestimate their child’s weight. Since few studies examine the factors that influence parental misperception, this study aims to assess the influence of parent and child factors with parental misperception of their child’s actual weight status who were either at their recommended weight or overweight/obese in South Carolina in 2013 and 2014. Methods Secondary data were obtained from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the Children’s Health Assessment Survey (CHAS) in 2013 and 2014 in SC. Parental misperception of child’s actual weight status was measured by comparing parental perception to their child’s actual weightstatus measured via BMI. Logistic regression was conducted to assess the association between parental and child factors with parental misperception of child’s weight status. Results In the adjusted multivariate analysis, only child’s age was significantly and positively associated with parental misperception of their child’s actual weight status. Conclusions for Practice This cross sectional analysis showed an association between child’s age and parental misperception of child’s actual weight status. It is essential to educate parents about their children’s weight status, especially among young children. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Maternal and Child Health Journal Springer Journals

Factors that Influence Parental Misperception of Their Child’s Actual Weight Status in South Carolina

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Sociology, general; Population Economics; Pediatrics; Gynecology; Maternal and Child Health
ISSN
1092-7875
eISSN
1573-6628
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10995-018-2491-4
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Abstract

Objectives Studies suggest that parents tend to misperceive their child’s actual weight status and typically underestimate their child’s weight. Since few studies examine the factors that influence parental misperception, this study aims to assess the influence of parent and child factors with parental misperception of their child’s actual weight status who were either at their recommended weight or overweight/obese in South Carolina in 2013 and 2014. Methods Secondary data were obtained from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the Children’s Health Assessment Survey (CHAS) in 2013 and 2014 in SC. Parental misperception of child’s actual weight status was measured by comparing parental perception to their child’s actual weightstatus measured via BMI. Logistic regression was conducted to assess the association between parental and child factors with parental misperception of child’s weight status. Results In the adjusted multivariate analysis, only child’s age was significantly and positively associated with parental misperception of their child’s actual weight status. Conclusions for Practice This cross sectional analysis showed an association between child’s age and parental misperception of child’s actual weight status. It is essential to educate parents about their children’s weight status, especially among young children.

Journal

Maternal and Child Health JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 22, 2018

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