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Parental perceptions of and concerns about child's body weight in eight European countries - the IDEFICS study
Nord Sch Publ Hlth NHV, SE-40242 Gothenburg, Sweden.
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Emergency & Cardiovasc Med, Sahlgrenska Acad, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Publ Hlth & Community Med, Sahlgrenska Acad, Publ Hlth Epidemiol Unit, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4397-3721
Univ Bremen, Inst Publ Hlth & Nursing Res, D-28359 Bremen, Germany.;BIPS Inst Epidemiol & Prevent Res, Bremen, Germany.
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2013 (English)In: Pediatric Obesity, ISSN 2047-6302, E-ISSN 2047-6310, Vol. 8, no 2, 118-129 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives To evaluate parental perceptions of and concern about child's body weight and general health in children in a European cohort. Design Cross-sectional multi-centre study in eight European countries. Participants 16220 children, ages 29 years. Methods Parents completed a questionnaire regarding children's health and weight and concern about overweight and underweight. Objective children's weight categories from the International Obesity Task Force were used. Logistic regression models were utilized to identify predictors of accurate weight perception. Results Parental weight perception corresponded overall to children's mean body mass index (BMI) z-scores, with important exceptions. About one-third of the total indicated concern about underweight, paradoxically most often parents of children in the overweight or obesity categories. In 63%, parents of children in the overweight category marked proper weight'. The strongest predictor for accurate parental weight perception for children with overweight and obesity was BMI z-score (odds ratio [OR]=7.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] 6.18.7). Compared to Southern Europe, ORs for accurate parental weight perception were 4.4 (95% CI 3.36.0) in Northern Europe and 3.4 (95% CI 2.74.2) in Central Europe. Conclusion Parents of children categorized as being overweight or obese systematically underestimated weight. Parents differed regionally regarding accurate weight perception and concern about overweight and underweight.

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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2013. Vol. 8, no 2, 118-129 p.
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Cohort of European children, obesity, parent, weight concern, weight perception
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14455DOI: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2012.00093.xISI: 000316328400007PubMedID: 23001999OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14455DiVA: diva2:1157763
Available from: 2017-11-16 Created: 2017-11-16 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved

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