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WashU: Overweight Mothers Underestimate Their Children’s Weight

Mothers who were overweight or obese tended to underestimate the weights of their obese children, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

[Photo: Dr. Rachel Tabak]

Researchers surveyed 230 overweight or obese mothers in St. Louis who had a preschool-aged child at risk for obesity or already overweight or obese. Nearly half of the mothers considered their overweight or obese children “about the right weight.”

The paper was published in the January issue of Obesity Science & Practice.

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