J Epidemiol Community Health 63:80 doi:10.1136/jech.2009.096735b
  • Friday 11 September, Parallel session D
  • Measurement and recognition of adiposity

Parental recognition of overweight in children aged 6–8 years: findings from the Gateshead Millennium Study

  1. A. R. Jones1,
  2. K. N. Parkinson1,
  3. R. F. Drewett2,
  4. R. M. Hyland3,
  5. A. J. Adamson1
  1. 1
    Human Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Psychology, Durham University, Durham, UK
  3. 3
    School of Education, Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton on Tees, UK


      To investigate parental recognition of childhood overweight and explore parents’ understanding of and attitudes to adiposity in childhood.


      Questionnaires and focus groups within a longitudinal birth cohort study.


      Gateshead, UK.


      539 parents of children in the Gateshead Millennium Study, of which 27 attended 6 focus discussion groups.

      Main Outcome Measures

      Parental perception of their child’s weight status according to actual weight status as defined by International Obesity Taskforce (IOTF) cut-offs. …