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Caregiver perceptions of childhood weight

Title: Caregiver perceptions of childhood weight: demographic moderators and correlates.
Name(s): Miller, D, author
Johnson, W, author
Miller, M, author
Miller, J, author
Sutin, A R, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2016-05-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: To examine whether ethnicity moderates the association between caregiver characteristics and perceptions of childhood weight and whether these perceptions are associated with their child's obesity status. Caregivers recruited from paediatricians' offices (n = 453) completed a survey about childhood health; nurses weighed and measured the children. Caregivers reported their own weight and height, demographic information about their family and made ratings of healthy weight for children in general and for their own child in particular. African American caregivers were more likely to view heavier girls as healthier, but this association held only for lower income families or caregivers with higher body mass index. Hispanic caregivers were more likely to misperceive their own child's weight if either the caregiver or the child had a higher body mass index. Parents who perceived heavier weight as healthier or misperceived their own child's weight were more likely to have a child with obesity. This latter association held regardless of ethnicity. The association between ethnicity and perceptions of healthy childhood weight are complex. The relation between caregivers' perceptions of healthy weight and their own child's obesity status, however, was similar regardless of ethnicity.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_26821665 (IID), 10.1111/cch.12318 (DOI), PMC4841719 (PMCID), 26821665 (RID), 26821665 (EID)
Keywords: Childhood BMI, Ethnicity, Healthy weight, Misperceptions, Perceptions
Grant Number: R15 HD083947, 1R15HD083947
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
Subject(s): Adult
Age Factors
Body Mass Index
Body Weight
Caregivers/statistics & numerical data
Cross-Sectional Studies
Ethnic Groups/statistics & numerical data
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Surveys
Income/statistics & numerical data
Life Style
Pediatric Obesity/epidemiology
Pediatric Obesity/ethnology
Pediatric Obesity/psychology
Sex Factors
Social Perception
Socioeconomic Factors
United States/epidemiology
United States/ethnology
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Child: care, health and development.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 42

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Miller, D., Johnson, W., Miller, M., Miller, J., & Sutin, A. R. (2016). Caregiver perceptions of childhood weight: demographic moderators and correlates. Child: Care, Health And Development. Retrieved from