Predictive Factors for Accuracy of Perception of Parents Regarding Their Overweight or Obese Children in Taiwan




Cheng-Jung Chung;Yueh-Guey Huang

Key Words

childhood obesity ; health status ; perception ; weight management ; Taiwan


Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

預刊文章(2013 / 03 / 11)

Page #

223 - 235

Content Language


English Abstract

Background: Predictive factors for parental accuracy in perception of their children's weight and state of health have been unknown in Taiwan. Methods: Data were obtained on children aged 3-12 years from the 2005 Taiwan National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The comparison of measured BMI and parents' perception of their children's weight operationalized 〞weight perception〞. A structured questionnaire ascertained demographic characteristics, and logistic regression determined demographic variables associated with a weight misperception. Results: The prevalence of parental misperception of children who were overweight or obese was 50%; the ratio was higher in younger parents, parents with younger children, and those with overweight or obese children. In fact, only 1.7% of children whose parents misperceived overweight or obesity were engaged in weight management. Conclusions: Most parents viewed excessive weight in their children as better health than normal weight. Parental age, children's age, and weight loss management may be predictive factors in parents' perceptive accuracy regarding children who are overweight or obese.

Topic Category 醫藥衛生 > 預防保健與衛生學