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Parents’ Denial Fuels Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Despite widespread publicity about the obesity epidemic, parents increasingly seem to be turning a blind eye as their children put on pounds. In a recent study in Childhood Obesity, more than three-quarters of parents of pre-school-age obese sons and nearly 70 percent of parents of obese daughters described their children as "about the right weight."

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Parents are increasingly fearful of telling the truth to their kids, whether they are overweight or not or the best athlete or student.  All kids today seem to be far above average at least in their parents’ eyes.  A little truth goes a long way, although it might be initially painful.

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