Monday, July 24, 2006

Parents' view of body image impacts child

Parents' view of body image impacts child
Source: UPI

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) -- University of Alabama at Birmingham psychologists say children are effected by whether their parents see them as "ideal" weight or thinner or fatter.

The researchers surveyed 650 fifth graders and their parents for a study on body image and children's mental health-related behaviors.

Researchers examined discrepancies between what children and parents reported as the child's current size versus what each believed was the child's ideal size. They also examined indicators of the child's mental health.

"Children who were viewed by their parents as either heavier or thinner than 'ideal' exhibited more negative emotions and behaviors compared with children whose parents saw their child's current size as ideal," said lead investigator Janice Gilliland.

The study is published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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