[Ads-l] “oblivobesity”

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Fri Jun 19 14:38:38 UTC 2015

>From the Science section of  this past Tuesday's NYTimes:

Despite widespread publicity about the obesity
parents increasingly seem to be turning a blind eye as their children put
on pounds. In a recent study in Childhood Obesity,
<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25928301> more than three-quarters of
parents of pre-school-age obese sons and nearly 70 percent of parents of
obese daughters described their children as “about the right weight.”

The researchers also compared these 2012 survey results with those from a
similar survey in 1994. Not only were the children in the recent survey
significantly heavier, but the likelihood that parents could identify their
child’s weight accurately had declined about 30 percent.

Dr. David L. Katz, the director of Yale’s Prevention Research Center, has
coined a word for the problem: “oblivobesity.”

George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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