Purpose: To investigate the insights of parents regarding ideal weight and healthy diet in the State of Qatar. Methods A cross-sectional prospective study was conducted at Hamad Medical Corporation, in the State of Qatar. Parents of children under the age of 14 years were offered an interview. Results A total of 398 parents agreed to be interviewed (response rate 94%), while n=22(6 %) refused. Approximately 80% of parents were in between 20 and 39 years of age, and 308 (77%) of them were females. Around 230 (58%) parents have at least one housemaid to help with housework, including food preparation. Almost 151 (37%) of the children fell into the category of overweight and obese and only 68 (17%) of parents perceived the same. More than 179 (45 %) of participants stated that childhood weight should be monitored prior to 5 years of age, while around 35% stated the same, but for children ages 5-14 years. When asked if parental eating habits can have an influence on childhood weight, 324 (81%) agreed. Responding to the question “Who prepares food at home?” it was shown that mothers cooked almost 50% of the times, while housemaids did 30%, followed by grandmothers (16.6%) and fathers (3.4 %). Parents were asked of the frequency school meals being prepared at home and is showed that 237 (60%) prepare their children lunch box only once to twice a week. Moreover, 63 % of parents chose the quality of food based on nutritional values, while 44% and 35% chose it based on safety and taste, respectively. We asked the participants if the child’s pediatrician or the primary care physician counsel families regarding childhood healthy diet , and it was found that 187 (47 %) of families did not received counseling by their children’s health care providers. Furthermore , 372 (94 %) and 379 (96 %) of families agreed that healthy diet will lead to better school performance and better quality physical activity respectively. It is worth mentioning that that parents living in the capital Doha, have a better insight that healthy diet results I better in school performance (p=0.032) compared to families living in the rural areas. Conclusion Parental perception is considered an important target for public health interventions. Our families are aware of the positive impact of healthy diet on overall wellbeing. The State of Qatar is very well-resourced country, including the medical field and it would be cost effective to train and professionally develop our pediatricians and primary care physicians to be more experts in tackling obesity. Counseling the whole family (rather than children alone) regarding healthy diet and exercise can have a great impact on childhood weight and overall wellness.