Growth Charts Confound

From CBC News:

only 64 per cent [of parents] could tell a child’s weight when shown it plotted on a growth chart in response to multiple-choice questions”

“‘Although growth charts are used frequently as visual aids to educate parents about their children’s growth, many parents cannot comprehend the data,’ the study’s authors concluded.”

Since the two dimensional lines and plots are not speaking a language that parents understand, Jain suggested using other approaches to getting parents to see when a child is underweight, overweight or obese, such as measuring abdominal circumference or discussing weight in terms of clothing size.”

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