Sometimes we see what we want to see. When researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York asked 111 women and 111 children to look at silhouettes of underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese and extremely obese images, most moms and kids believed their bodies matched images that were thinner than their own weight. Both groups were questioned about their body size and had their height and weight measured. For obese moms, 82% underestimated their weight when looking at the silhouettes; 86% of overweight or obese kids also underestimated their weight. Perhaps the most telling sign of where some of our societal problems lie is in the fact that 47.5% of moms with overweight or obese children thought their kids were at a healthy weight.
Researchers commenting in this article from USA Today say there are so many overweight adults and children in our society that being overweight now has become the norm. A pediatrician says many parents come in and complain that their child is too thin, but according to health charts, the kids is normal weight or even slightly heavy.
Do you have any ideas on how we can turn this perception problem around?