Childhood obesity is rising and children's perceptions of their weight status may be influential. This study analyzed the responses of 18 fifth grade students regarding their perception of their weight status. The participants included 12 girls and 6 boys obtained from a convenience sample at a rural elementary school. A positive correlation between weight perception and BMI was demonstrated(r= .804, p< 0.01), although some misperceptions were evident. The majority of students worried about their weight even if they were at a healthy weight. Overweight children responded that healthcare providers and parents are not talking to them about their weight. Participants recognized that diet and exercise are the main reasons for overweight in children. Health implications of life-long obesity are significant. This small study showed, as other studies, that problems in weight perception are evident at the 5th grade level.
Hannifin, Alice Parker, "Fifth Grader's Weight Status Perceptions" (2008). Graduate Research Projects. 56.