Obese and Overweight Kids Do not Know they are Heavy

July 23, 2014 1:27 PM

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Obesity is a disease that can lead to several other health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses. In order to treat the disease, people must first acknowledge the fact that they are overweight or obese. In a new government survey, researchers interviewed children and teenagers and found that many of them do not realize that they are overweight or obese.

The team found that overall, 30 percent of children and teens grouped themselves in the wrong weight status. Around 81 percent of overweight boys and 71 percent of overweight girls believed that their weights fit in the normal category for their age and height. 48 percent of obese boys and 36 percen...

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