Linking parent perceptions of children's weight to early coronary risk factors: Results from the cardiac study
Methods. This study analyzed the association between 147 rural fifth grade students' lipid profiles and parents' self-reported survey who participated in the 2008-2011 Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities (CARDIAC) study.
Results. After controlling for covariates, underestimated children, verses over and correctly estimated children, were six times more likely to have higher log-transformed triglyceride levels (OR=6.35 p<0.05) and nearly 8% higher systolic blood pressure (SBP) values (OR=1.08, p=0.051). Children of parents who overestimated their BMI, verses children with under and correct estimates, had lower SBP values (OR= 0.952, P<0.05).
Conclusion. Underestimating a child's BMI is associated with coronary risk-related factors, while overestimating a child's BMI is shown to have a protective effect against CVD markers. Parents' perceptions of their children's risk may either facilitate or impede their subsequent treatment efforts when needed. A better understanding for what is needed to motivate parents to take that next step when risks arise for their children would help in compliance and knowledge of the condition over time.
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Describe the prevalence of parental (mis)perception of offspring's body mass index. Identify the association between children whose body mass index was inaccurately estimated and their cardiovascular disease risk factors (i.e., higher triglyceride and systolic blood pressure values).
Keyword(s): Children's Health, Family Involvement
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