Introduction: Age, gender, body mass index percentiles and the adherence to Mediterranean diet were investigated as potential predictor factors in this assessment. Aim: To assess the parental perception of children's weight status. Methods: This cross-sectional observational study was carried out during a corporate wellness program (Ferrari Formula Benessere) implemented by Ferrari S.p.A. and managed by Med-Ex s.r.l. The children’s real weight status was assessed through Body Mass Index percentiles (ArthroPlus software—WHO). Results: 328 children (66.4%) were normal-weight, 10 were underweight (2%), 66 were overweight (13.4%) and 90 were obese (18.2%). 289 children (59%) were classified correctly by parents, while 205 children (41%) were not. 64 of 66 overweight children and 90 of 90 children with obesity have been completely underestimated (53 of 90 children with obesity were judged normal weight). The parents’ probability to estimate children’s weight status correctly decreased increasing body mass index percentiles paradoxically [OR = 0.96 (0.95–0.97)] and was lower in boys [OR = 0.65 (0.44–0.98)]. Although not statistically significant, children with higher adherence to Mediterranean diet seems to have higher probability to be correctly estimated [low adherence: reference, medium adherence: OR = 1.06 (0.61–1.85), high adherence: OR = 1.48 (0.81–2.75)]. Conclusions: A high percentage of children is overweight or obese and almost half of parents classified their weight status incorrectly. Increasing children’s body mass index percentiles decreases the probability to be correctly classified.

Parental Perception of Children’s Weight Status: Love Overpasses Scientific Evidence! A Cross-Sectional Observational Study / Sirico, F.; Fernando, F.; Bianco, A.; Loiacono, C.; Nuccio, F.; Gambardella, F.; Palermi, S.; Montagnani, S.; Biffi, A.. - In: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE & CARDIOVASCULAR PREVENTION. - ISSN 1120-9879. - 27:1(2020), pp. 29-34. [10.1007/s40292-019-00352-2]

Parental Perception of Children’s Weight Status: Love Overpasses Scientific Evidence! A Cross-Sectional Observational Study

Sirico F.;Gambardella F.;Palermi S.;Montagnani S.;
2020

Abstract

Introduction: Age, gender, body mass index percentiles and the adherence to Mediterranean diet were investigated as potential predictor factors in this assessment. Aim: To assess the parental perception of children's weight status. Methods: This cross-sectional observational study was carried out during a corporate wellness program (Ferrari Formula Benessere) implemented by Ferrari S.p.A. and managed by Med-Ex s.r.l. The children’s real weight status was assessed through Body Mass Index percentiles (ArthroPlus software—WHO). Results: 328 children (66.4%) were normal-weight, 10 were underweight (2%), 66 were overweight (13.4%) and 90 were obese (18.2%). 289 children (59%) were classified correctly by parents, while 205 children (41%) were not. 64 of 66 overweight children and 90 of 90 children with obesity have been completely underestimated (53 of 90 children with obesity were judged normal weight). The parents’ probability to estimate children’s weight status correctly decreased increasing body mass index percentiles paradoxically [OR = 0.96 (0.95–0.97)] and was lower in boys [OR = 0.65 (0.44–0.98)]. Although not statistically significant, children with higher adherence to Mediterranean diet seems to have higher probability to be correctly estimated [low adherence: reference, medium adherence: OR = 1.06 (0.61–1.85), high adherence: OR = 1.48 (0.81–2.75)]. Conclusions: A high percentage of children is overweight or obese and almost half of parents classified their weight status incorrectly. Increasing children’s body mass index percentiles decreases the probability to be correctly classified.
2020
Parental Perception of Children’s Weight Status: Love Overpasses Scientific Evidence! A Cross-Sectional Observational Study / Sirico, F.; Fernando, F.; Bianco, A.; Loiacono, C.; Nuccio, F.; Gambardella, F.; Palermi, S.; Montagnani, S.; Biffi, A.. - In: HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE & CARDIOVASCULAR PREVENTION. - ISSN 1120-9879. - 27:1(2020), pp. 29-34. [10.1007/s40292-019-00352-2]
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