American Indian Parents’ Assessment of and Concern About Their Kindergarten Child’s Weight Status, South Dakota, 2005-2006
|Level of Concern||Measured Weight Status of Child|
|Underweight (n = 18)||Normal Weight (n = 268)||Overweight (n = 61)||Obese (n = 12)||Extremely Obese (n = 51)|
|Not concerned, %||55.6||72.8||86.9||50.0||43.1|
|A little concerned, %||27.8||17.5||8.2||25.0||29.4|
|Very concerned, %||0||1.5||0||0||15.7|
Figure 1. Parents’ level of concern about their child’s current weight status and child’s measured weight among American Indians, South Dakota, 2005-2006. Weight status was based on body mass index percentiles from the 2000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Growth Charts (20). Very underweight: <5th percentile; underweight: 5th to ≤15th percentile; normal weight: 15th to <85th percentile; overweight: 85th to <95th percentile; obese: 95th percentile to <97th percentile; extremely obese: ≥97th percentile. The categories “very underweight” and “underweight” were combined. Parents were unaware of child’s measured height and weight.
|Level of Concern||Parents’ Assessment of Child’s Weight|
|Underweight (n = 38)||Right Weight (n = 330)||Slightly Overweight (n = 38)||Very Overweight (n = 4)|
|Not concerned, %||31.6||79.7||29.0||0|
|A little concerned, %||42.1||12.1||50.0||0|
|Very concerned, %||5.3||0.9||10.5||75.0|
Figure 2. Parents’ level of concern about their child’s current weight status and assessment of child’s weight among American Indians, South Dakota, 2005-2006. The categories “slightly underweight” and “very underweight” were combined.
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