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Revista chilena de pediatría

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BRACHO M, FERNANDO  y  RAMOS H, ELIANA. Maternal view of children nutritional status: Is it a risk factor for excess bad feeding?. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2007, vol.78, n.1, pp. 20-27. ISSN 0370-4106.

Background: Children obesity is an increasing problem in our country, especially in Magallanes Region. Objective: To evaluate the maternal perception of their children nutritional status. Method: A cross-sectional study was designed, where a survey was applied to mothers of preschool children, in order to investigate if misperception of their nutritional status and other variables associated represent a risk factor for overweight. Data was analyzed with t-student test and univariate/multivariate logistic regression. Results: 270 mothers were interviewed; their perception about children's weight was accurate in 54,07% and underestimated in 41,48%, without statistical difference. The significant risk factors obtained from univariate regression are underestimation of children nutritional status, maternal obesity, number of children per mother, obesity and age in children. An accurate maternal perception decreased the probability of overweight. In the multivariate regression analysis, the risk factors were the same, except for maternal obesity. Conclusions: Maternal misperception of their children nutritional status represents a risk factor for overweight that should be improved in order to decrease high local prevalence of obesity

Palabras clave : children; overweight; maternal perception; nutrition; obesity.

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