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Study: Many kids believe being overweight is normal

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Study: Many kids believe being overweight is normal

By Rebecca Lewis. CREATED Jul 23, 2014

Is being overweight the new normal?

A new government study says many obese kids don't have an accurate view of their own weight. In fact, they view themselves as normal. 

Researchers interviewed more than 6,000 kids, ages 8-15.

Researchers found about 30 percent of those surveyed misperceived their weight, with a large majority of heavier kids thinking their weight was normal.

They say the misconception was more common in lower-income families.

Some experts say obese children who permanently settle into an unhealthy physique face diabetes and other health problems later in life.

 

Rebecca Lewis

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Rebecca Lewis is currently an Interactive Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.