A few months ago, Arnaldo Perez and I wrote a letter to the editor of Childhood Obesity as a follow-up to a letter that was written by the founding editor of the journal (Dr. David Katz), that included a neologism – ‘oblivobesity‘.
There is a general belief that the reason why most parents don’t correctly identify obesity in their children is because they are ‘oblivious’ to their obesity. Of course, the story is much more complex, so the purpose of our letter was to expand on potential reasons and explanations for why a mismatch exists between children’s data derived from BMI growth charts and parents’ perceptions of their children’s weight. This past week, our letter was published.
It’s clear that parents’ perceptions of their children’s weight status, and what action parents choose to take (or choose not to take; it’s a choice, either way) in response to objective data or subjective impressions, is ripe for additional research.