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Is your child overweight?

Image of an oerweight boy and a lean girl separated by a scale.

Research has shown that parents are bad at recognizing overweight and obesity in themselves as well as in their children. 1 of 4 parents accurately recognized that their child was overweight; a third of mothers and half of fathers thought their obese children were "about right." Among overweight parents, 40% of mothers and 45% of fathers judged their own weight to be "about right."

Medically speaking, obesity is defined as a condition when a person's Body Mass Index (BMI) is at or above the 95th percentile, but what does this mean?

BMI is the standard mathematical method used to determine whether or not a person is overweight by comparing height and weight to determine how much body fat a person has.

You can check your child's BMI by clicking this link: BMI Calculator






Accessibility | Privacy | ASU Disclaimer This site was created by Roxy Perez in fulfillment of requirements for the course CSS 335: Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2006.