NEW YORK (CNN) – Many overweight kids don’t seem to see themselves that way, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Almost a third of children and teens between the ages of 8 and 15 put themselves in the wrong weight category. That’s a little more than 9 million young people. The report spanned the years 2005 through 2012.
Nearly nine out of 10 normal weight children perceived themselves that way. But more than three quarters of overweight young people and more than 40 percent of obese kids didn’t realize they had a weight problem.
And if you don’t see yourself as having a weight issue it may be hard to change to more healthy behaviors, according to the report.
Previous studies have also found that parents of overweight children often don’t realize their child is outside of the normal weight range.
Being overweight or obese compromises a child’s health, increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and other health issues.