In a survey of 2,179 Americans including 728 parents, only 54% said they would consider it very important to seek medical attention for an overweight or obese child.
More than 80% said it was important to seek help for symptoms of asthma and diabetes.
More that 70% said they would do so for learning disability.
The survey shows that many parents would not seek medical intervention for childhood obesity, but would do so for the problems associated with it.
Of those who took the survey:
1-80% of the parents said they were best suited to prevent obesity in the child.
2- 83% said they look to schools for assistance.
3- More than 90% said they would take their child to a doctor for weight related issues if the teacher said the child had a health problem.
Only 54% consider it very important to seek the help of a doctor.
Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years and parents lack of understanding of its seriousness is a major concern.
Based on the results of the survey, for childhood obesity to be treated, parents and teachers need to be educated not only in mangaging weight, but in knowing when medical intervention is necessary.
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