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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Parental Concerns by Child Weight Category

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Concerns

Normal Weight

At Risk Weight (BMI 85-94%)

Overweight (BMI>95%)

Chi Sq

P value

Average # of concerns
(0-9 total concerns possible)

0.63

0.72

1.11

<.001

High concern level
(defined as 2-4 total concerns)

16%

18%

31%

<.001

Specific concerns*





   Growth or Weight

8%

15%

38%

<.001

   Behavior or Mood

15%

17%

23%

<.01

   Constipation/Diarrhea

4%

5%

7%

<.05

*Concerns about relationship with friends, bedwetting/toileting, sleep, school/preschool progress, language/speech, and neighborhood safety were not significantly different by weight.

Notes:

Take Home Message:
Above concerns assessed before questions about nutrition and activity risk behaviors.

Parents of obese children on average have twice the number of concerns
as parents of normal weight children. Since parents of obese children have multiple concerns,
obesity concerns may not get enough attention in a short office visit.


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