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Parents underestimate children's weight

Weighing scales Credit: PA

Research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL Institute of Child Health suggests that many parents with obese children may not recognise that their child is overweight, unless they are at very extreme levels of obesity.

The study claims parents were more likely to underestimate their child's weight if the child was male or if they were black or south Asian, or from more deprived backgrounds.

The researchers explained that parents' underestimations may be caused by a fear of being judged or an unwillingness to label a child as overweight.