Do You See What I See?

In recent years, researchers have reported that parents tend to misperceive their children’s weight status compared to objective measures like BMI. However, newer evidence collected from families’ homes shows that misperception extends beyond weight. In a recently-published thesis, parental reports of their nutrition and physical activity resources at home differed from objectively measured lifestyle resources. Differences may relate to a number of factors; however, the fact that meaningful differences existed between ‘perception and reality’ suggest there is value in conducting home visits to gather the best information possible to help families overcome (or manage) perceived and real barriers to making healthy lifestyle changes for managing obesity.


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