Low parental health literacy limits child's weight-loss options
Parents who struggle to understand basic health nutrition information are less likely to turn to recommended weight-loss strategies for their children, including increasing physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables, according to research in
. In an analysis of survey data from U.S. parents of preschool-age children participating in a prospective, longitudinal panel study, researchers found that parents with low health literacy endorsed a narrower range of strategies overall and also were more likely to consider unsafe weight-loss choices, including diet pills.
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