TABLE 2

Comparison of Parent Perception and Measured Weight Status in 2 Ages of Children

Measured BMI and Child ParticipantsParent Perception
Underweight, %aAbout Right, %Overweight, %bObese, %
Underweight
    Preschool (n = 1)100
    5th grade (n = 1)100
Healthy weight
    Preschool (n = 51)11.888.2
    5th grade (n = 113)8.089.42.7
Overweight
    Preschool (n = 19)94.745.3
    5th grade (n = 31)74.225.8
Obese
    Preschool (n = 16)6.275.018.7
    5th grade (n = 51)31.466.6
  • — indicates that no BMI values and parent perceptions fell in these categories.

  • a Somewhat and moderately underweight were combined as underweight.

  • b Somewhat and moderately overweight were combined as overweight.