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Georgia Southern Examines Perceptions of Child Overweight and Obesity

A collaborative study including Dr. Yelena Tarasenko, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health examines the accuracy of children's, their guardians', and health care professionals' (HCPs') perceptions of child overweight and obesity, the degree of agreement between their perceptions, and relationships with weight loss attempts among overweight or obese children. Out of the 4691 children and adolescents, ages 8 to 15 years, 16.4 percent were overweight (body mass index [BMI] percentiles 85–94.99) and 19.3 percent were obese (BMI percentiles =95).