Disparities in Accuracy and Satisfaction of Caregivers’ Perceptions of Preschoolers Body Size

Researchers: Ria Sara Yalamanchili, OMS-3, MS

Research focus: Studies have shown that caregivers tend to underestimate the weight status of their overweight and obese children. Findings on whether race/ethnicity are associated with caregivers’ perceptions are inconsistent and little is known about the association of socioeconomic status and residential locale with caregiver’s perceptions. In this study, we will examine the accuracy of caregiver’s perceptions of their preschooler’s weight status, their satisfaction with their preschooler’s weight status, and whether accuracy and satisfaction vary by caregivers’ race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or residential locale (urban vs. rural).