The study was conducted on 200 families, who participated in an obesity clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island in 2008 and 2009. Among the participants 94 percent of the children participating were obese while the remaining six percent were overweight.

Around 28 percent of the parents surveyed did not view their children’s weight as concerning while 31 percent reported that their children were in very good or excellent health.

The study also revealed that 41 percent of parents were trying to improve exercise habits while 61 percent stated they were working to encourage healthier diets.

The research also suggests that obesity causes many diseases including cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other.

Many experts point out that these health risks also occur in children who are obese and the risks often carry into adulthood.

The study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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