HEALTH: One in five American children overweight

Updated: Wednesday, July 23 2014, 07:00 PM CDT
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Nearly one in 5 American children and adolescents are overweight and many don't seem to know it.   

That's what some Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found.
They surveyed children ages eight to 15 asking them how they perceived their own weight.
   
They compared the answers to the child's actual weight.
Eighty percent of overweight boys thought they were at about the right weight.  
   
And 71 percent of the girls were similarly mistaken, thinking they were the right weight as well.

They urge parents to talk to their child's doctor and find out what age-appropriate facts about weight and health you should be telling them. For more information on health issues, click here. 
HEALTH: One in five American children overweight
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