Childhood obesity in general practice

A recent study has looked at childhood overweight and obesity in general practice. The results showed that among child-parent pairs, 15% of the children and 52% of parents were overweight/obese. 12% of the children were underweight. Parents were poor at recognising their children’s increased weight. 82% of overweight children were perceived as normal weight by their parents.

None of the obese children had their correct weight category identified. BMI was found to be only evidently recorded in the clinical records of 1 out of 15 cases of overweight children identified. Further information about the research is available on the Irish Medical Journal’s website.

Posted: 25/01/2012 09:13:34 by Barbara Whelan


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