See Your Children Leading Healthy Lives? Research Suggests Parents Should Look Harder. - The New York Times

by Parent Co. July 10, 2015

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As a parent, it's likely that your number one concern is your child's health. But recent studies suggest that perhaps we're seeing what we want to see when it comes to the lives they're actually leading.

Those children who move less than we think they do may also weigh and eat more. The majority of parents of overweight children ages 2 to 5 think their children’s weight is “just right,” and even a third ofparents of overweight or obese adolescents continue to be blind to their child’s place on the growth charts. We underestimate the calories in the fast-food meals we buy for our children, we tell ourselves our children aren’t eating foods that commonly lead to unhealthy weight gain while feeding them after-school snacks of chips, ice cream and cookies. And while we’re at it, we’reunderestimating their screen time.

Read the full article at The New York TImes: See Your Children Leading Healthy Lives? Research Suggests Parents Should Look Harder. - The New York Times


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