Pictures of babies with rolls and toddlers with chubby cheeks are used to symbolize healthy children, yet most of those children qualify as overweight. In a recent study, parents have a hard time recognizing when their child is "healthy" versus when they're "overweight" or "obese". In fact, parents that have overweight children are shown to be more satisfied with their child's size.
When parents were shown silhouettes depicting children's body types, the parents of overweight children are more likely to choose a slimmer body type for their children. On the other hand, parents of underweight children are more likely to realize what their children look like.
People in nutrition careers want parents to realize this isn't necessarily a temporary problem. "A lot of parents don't understand that, even in infancy or toddlerhood, if your child is overweight then they won't necessarily grow out if it," said one nutritionist. "There are certainly... kids that grow out if it, but most kids don't."
Do you think chubby babies are cute or unhealthy?