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

by ParentCo. July 10, 2015

black white brown hands touching each other go team with watercolors

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


ParentCo.

Author



Also in Conversations

baby wrapped in a swaddle blanket
The Pros and Cons of Swaddling

by Charlie Fletcher

If you’re a new parent wondering if swaddling is right for your baby, you’ve come to the right place. Here are tips for doing it safely should you give it a try.

Continue Reading

toddler playing with electricity at home
Do You Need to Use Outlet Covers? Babyproofing Reexamined

by ParentCo.

With babyproofing, it's not a question of whether, but whenBut should it be We'll look at just one type of babyproofing gear: outlet covers.

Continue Reading

baby sleeping
Solving The Puzzle of Infant Sleep

by ParentCo.

In my practice of taking care of children and parents, there’s a common struggle in the first two years: sleep. “How can my family get enough?"

Continue Reading