Posted: Feb 26, 2013 11:13 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 10:14 AM
A recent USNews.com article showed that, although 69% of American adults are overweight and about half of them are actually obese, not many parents are worried about their children's weight problems. The article reported recent findings of a study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health and NPR in which less than half of parents of overweight children ages 2-17 actually recognize them as such.
About 44 percent of the parents surveyed said they found it difficult to feed their children a healthy diet.
"We know that nearly one in three kids in America is overweight or obese, and that's a national emergency," Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said in a foundation news release.
"Better nutrition and more physical activity can help turn this epidemic around, and parents have a unique role to play. Knowing the risks of obesity and dealing with the issue proactively can improve kids' health now and prevent serious problems down the road."
Do you have overweight children? Do you know parents who have overweight children and are not working to help the child get healthy?