Parents' accuracy in estimating child weight status

Addict Behav. 1990;15(1):65-8. doi: 10.1016/0306-4603(90)90007-k.


Mothers of 107 preschool children estimated their child's weight status, and the accuracy of these estimates was examined. The majority of mothers (72%) were accurate. Of those who were inaccurate, 83% had underestimated the child's weight status, whereas only 17% had overestimated. Mothers of heavier children were more likely to underestimate their child's weight status.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Height
  • Body Image*
  • Body Weight*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Thinness / psychology
  • Weight Perception*