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Nutrients 2013, 5(9), 3713-3729; doi:10.3390/nu5093713
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Childhood Overweight/Obesity and Pediatric Asthma: The Role of Parental Perception of Child Weight Status

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Received: 2 July 2013 / Revised: 13 August 2013 / Accepted: 4 September 2013 / Published: 23 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutrition and Respiratory Disease)
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Abstract

Childhood obesity and asthma are on the rise in the U.S. Clinical and epidemiological data suggest a link between the two, in which overweight and obese children are at higher risk for asthma. Prevention of childhood obesity is preferred over treatment, however, in order to be receptive to messages, parents must perceive that their child is overweight. Many parents do not accurately assess their child’s weight status. Herein, the relation between parental perceptions of child weight status, observed body mass index (BMI) percentiles, and a measure of child feeding practices were explored in the context of asthma, food allergy, or both. Out of the children with asthma or food allergy that were classified as overweight/obese by BMI percentiles, 93% were not perceived as overweight/obese by the parent. Mean scores for concern about child weight were higher in children with both asthma and food allergy than either condition alone, yet there were no significant differences among the groups in terms of pressure to eat and restrictive feeding practices. In summary, parents of children with asthma or food allergy were less likely to recognize their child’s overweight/obese status and their feeding practices did not differ from those without asthma and food allergy.
Keywords: childhood obesity; pediatric asthma; food allergy; parental perception childhood obesity; pediatric asthma; food allergy; parental perception
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Musaad, S.M.A.; Paige, K.N.; Teran-Garcia, M.; Donovan, S.M.; Fiese, B.H.; the STRONG Kids Research Team. Childhood Overweight/Obesity and Pediatric Asthma: The Role of Parental Perception of Child Weight Status. Nutrients 2013, 5, 3713-3729.

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