Childhood obesity: DenialMy first post about denial and childhood obesity was January 2, 2008. In that post I quoted Dr. Mathew Davis, a University of Michigan professor of pediatrics and internal medicine said, “When I see a child that is obese at these younger ages, I take that as a sign of ways nutrition can be improved, a child’s activity level can be improved.” Most childhood obesity is preventable and reversible. If your child (children) is overweight (or you are) hypnosis for weight loss can prevent a life of disease. If you are ready to end obesity in your family, I’m here to support you.

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Overweight and obese kids are in denial about their weight

LA Times, Science Now, July 24, 2014: 81% of American boys and 71% of American girls who are overweight think their body size is ‘about right’. More than one-third of obese kids in the U.S. judged their weight to be just fine. “Body size misperception” among kids is helping to fuel the nation’s childhood obesity crisis, CDC says.

New government data suggest a non-medical cause of America’s childhood obesity crisis: denial.

Overall, 30.2% of the kids gave an answer that wasn’t in line with their actual body mass index, according to the report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. That corresponds to about 9.1 million American kids who have the wrong idea about their weight status.

Roughly 20% of these kids had a healthy weight but mistakenly thought they were either too thin or too fat. But the overwhelming majority were low-balling their weight.

All of this matters because overweight and obese kids aren’t likely to slim down if they think their weight is just fine. Kids who are overweight or obese are likely to carry those extra pounds with them into adulthood, leading to a host of health problems that add up to $19,000 in extra medical costs over a lifetime.

Parents can also be wrong about the weight status of their kids. A 2012 study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reported that about two-thirds of low-income mothers incorrectly believed their toddlers were too small.

Last month, researchers from UC San Diego and Brown University reported that 31% of parents whose children were being treated in a hospital obesity clinic thought their kids’ health was “excellent” or “very good.”

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The pain and suffering inflicted on children
by the American diet is so brutal
that if it were administered with a stick,
parents would be put in jail.”
~ John McDougall, MD

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