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Body Image: How accurate are you?

May 9th, 2011 by - no comments

It’s important to keep kids (and you!) moving. The First Lady created her Let’s Move program to support that.

Would you know if you or your child were overweight? A recent study says probably not!

Do overweight or obese mothers and children realize how much they weigh? A study indicates that many don’t. At NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, resident Nicole Dumas looked at data on people in New York City. They were asked to estimate their body size, and researchers also computed their real size.

The researchers say 82 percent of obese women underestimated their weight. Eighty-six percent of overweight or obese children did.

And Dumas says:

“Almost half of women with overweight or obese children believed that their children were of normal weight.’’

The study supported by HHS was presented at an American Heart Association conference on nutrition and physical activity.

Learn more at hhs.gov.

Being overweight does increase your cancer risk because excess body fat appears to increase the amount of hormones like estrogen circulating in the body, and it can also disrupt how the body processes insulin.

So how do you know if you’re overweight? Your doctor and your child’s pediatrician should be able to tell you, but here’s some stats from ACS:

  • About 1 out of 3 American adults is now obese, and another 1 out of 3 is overweight, thanks to bigger food portions; the overabundance of cheap, unhealthy foods; and sedentary lifestyles.
  • 17% of women and 11% of men are severely obese – that is, they have a BMI of 40 or more.
  • A body-mass index (BMI) greater than 30 is obese.
  • a BMI between 20.0 and 24.9 is within the range considered normal.

Calculate your BMI and your child’s BMI.

When it comes to kids, KidsHealth has some good information and advise, as well as some facts:

  • 1 out of 3 are overweight or obese.
  • Parents who set a good example can prevent obesity in children.

That’s just another good reason to Choose You! You set the example for your children!

And remember — your doctor should be a big help in determining whether your size is healthy for you.

Did you calculate — or have you or your doctor calculated — your BMI? Was it what you expected or different?

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