- Children are more likely to gain excessive weight if parents perceive them as overweight, a study finds
- This calls into question policies for combating obesity that focus on informing parents about their child's weight
- Experts warn it's unclear from the study whether parents' perception is directly contributing to weight gain
(CNN)One way health programs today are trying to reduce the growing problem of childhood obesity in the United States is by making parents aware that their child is overweight. The thinking is they can take steps to help their child eat more healthily and exercise more.