More than fifty percent of parents of children who are overweight and obese are confident that their children will soon be able to lose weight without resorting to diets and various methods. Every second parent believes that the problem of childhood obesity is only temporary, believing that the child will lose weight with age without physical training and diets. Nutritionists believe that with this approach, parents simply will not be able to identify the true problem, and, therefore, to prevent further development of obesity in their child.
In the United States, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln conducted a study involving about 15,000 children aged 2-3 to 17-18 years. Observations have shown that many parents mistake body fat for "baby fat." Some believe that their child is absolutely normal weight. In General, according to the results of the study, it became clear that parents can not objectively assess the health of their children.
In Russia, childhood obesity is not as widespread as in the United States, but endocrinologist Yulia Zotova argues that this problem is becoming relevant for Russians. Nutritionists call on all parents not to keep food at home with a high content of fat and sugar, as well as not to deny children food as a punishment and not to encourage high-calorie "Goodies".