Studies Show Youth May Not Know They’re Overweight

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, about 33% of children aged 8–11 years and about 27% of adolescents aged 12–15 years
misperceived their weight status. Among obese youth (those in the 95th percentile and higher), roughly 42 percent thought their weight was ok and 57 percent thought they were “overweight.” The CDC reports that “Accurate self-perception of weight status has been linked to appropriate weight control behaviors
in youth. Understanding the prevalence of weight status misperception among U.S. children and
adolescents may help inform public health interventions.”

To read the full CDC report, click here.

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