Aims To evaluate the maternal perception of their child's weight (MPCW) and perception of unrelated children's weight. Design Cross-sectional. Location: Maternal and Child Nursing Health Department at 6 Units of Family Medicine. Participants 486 dyads (mother and child under 1 year). Main measurements The following question was applied: “I think my child is”, and images were provided according the child's gender. Children's weight and height were measured. Results A total of 20.5% of the mothers of overweight (OW) children accurately perceived this situation, while none of the mothers of obese (OB) children did (κ = 0.14 ± 0.03, Z = 5.36, p = .001). By images, 63.3% of mothers of OW children and 33.3% of mothers of OB children perceived this situation (κ = 0.01 ± 0.02, Z = 0.73, p = .46). Most mothers selected the image of OW child as the image of a healthy child (κ = -0.04 ± 0.01, Z = -2.65, p = .008), the image of a child under 1 year (κ = -0.01 ± 0.02, Z = -0.86, p = .38) and the image that they would like their child to look like (κ = 0.0004 ± 0.01, Z = 0.02, p = .98). Conclusion The mothers do not perceive the OW-OB of their children.
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