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Are You Overweight If Your Mom Thinks You Look Fine?

None of us view our children objectively. To a parent, Junior is always smarter, more talented and more attractive than objective evidence would indicate. But look at just how skewed parents’ views of their children are, when it comes to deciding whether their children are overweight. Not until a child gets near the top three or four percentile in body mass index do most parents begin to recognize that Junior has a problem.

Thanks to Pierre Chandon for this image. And thanks to my mom and dad, for convincing me that I was special.

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