Parents’ Perceptions of Their Children as Overweight and Children’s Weight Concerns and Weight Gain

13 Jan 2017Eric Robinson, Angelina R. Sutin

Across both studies, children whose parents perceive them to be overweight are more likely to view their body size negatively and are more likely than their peers to be actively trying to lose weight. These child-reported outcomes explained part of the counterintuitive association between parents’ perceptions of their children as being overweight and the children’s subsequent weight.

Cohort Study
1 effect
8 years
8709 subjects

Reported Outcomes


Social Support Selfcare risk & protective factor

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Minor decreased risk of Obesity
Musculoskeletal system

High evidence