Many of the roughly 2,000 parents surveyed by the University of Michigan said their children were "about the right weight," but when researchers examined the data, they found 25% were overweight or obese. Nevertheless, just 13% of parents of obese 6- to 11-year-olds characterized their child as very overweight, and 31% of parents whose obese children were ages 12 to 17 identified them as having a serious weight problem.

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