Children whose parents see them as obese at risk of gaining weight in an unhealthy way, new research shows.
To see their children as overweight risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Children who are normal weight, but that is perceived as overweight rises more weight compared to children whose parents perceive them as normal weight.
It shows a study among more than 3500 Australian children the results of which are presented at the ongoing European Congress of Obesity Summit in Gothenburg.
The study shows that many parents have the wrong idea about their child's weight.
Most people tend to think that their children are normal important, when it actually overweight or obese.