Distorted body image of overweight or obese children among mothers

Mariana Nuño, Mariana Hevia, Carolina Bustos, Ramón Florenzano, Rosemarie Fritsch

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Abstract

Pediatric obesity is a major public health problem in the country. The imbalance between caloric intake and expense has been recognized as a major contributing factor, however, despite many strategies to combat this pathology the results remain discouraging. The mother is an important treatment intermediary that can have a distorted motherly perception (DMP) about their child’s nutritional status. The purpose of this study was to assess motherly perception of body image (MPBI) of their school-age children. We selected mothers with children between 7 and 17 years old from schools in Santiago, Chile. We assessed nutritional status with body index mass (BMI) and pubertal growth (Tanner) and compared MPBI with actual nutritional status. We observed that 54.8% of mothers of obese children and 78.3% of mothers of overweight children had DMP, estimating their child as thinner. DMP among mothers of overweight and obese children could affect treatment adherence and is a key point for intervention.

Translated title of the contributionDistorted body image of overweight or obese children among mothers
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Chilena de Nutricion
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

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