Table 1

Parental perception of child’s weight
Authors/Country Design/Aim n/yrs Results
Bossink-Tuna et al. (2009) [24] Cross-sectional surveys 635 87% of parents of overweight children disagreed that their child was overweight
Netherlands 2–4
Carnell et al. (2005) Determine parents’ perceptions of their child’s weight compared to measured weight 564 98.1% of parents of overweight children and 82.9% of parents of obese children did not perceive him/her as overweight
United Kingdom [25] 3–5
Manios et al. (2009) 2287 55.4% of parents of overweight children and 88.0% of at-risk-of-overweight children perceived him/her as normal weight
Greece [42] 2–5
Maynard et al. (2003) 5500 32.1% of mothers of overweight children reported that he/she was about the right weight
United States [43] 2–11
Vuorela et al. (2010) 310 72.7% of parents of overweight boys and 93.8% of overweight girls classified them as normal weight
Finland [44] 5
Wald et al. (2007) 612 82.5% of the parent of 3–5 years-old children their overweight children did not identify their child as overweight
United States [45] 3–12

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