A recent study has revealed that obese children stand more chances of being bullied than those who are slimmer. According to www.reuters.com, obese children studying in grade 3 to grade 6 have been found to be bullied by their healthier classmates irrespective of their academic performance, social skills, race or gender.
The study, called the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, was conducted by a group of scientists at the University of Michigan and involved about 821 girls and boys between the ages of 8 to 11 years. According to the findings, which have been published in the recent issue of journal Pediatrics, around 45 percent of these children reported to have been bullied by their trim peers.
As reported by www.news.yahoo.com, bullying at a young age may result in serious mental and physical traumas which may leave long lasting impressions on the child. The study also revealed that the chances of being bullied were as high as 63 percent for an obese child compared to a healthier one.
“With obesity affecting 1 in 5 to 1 in 6 kids in the US, parents can encourage schools to make sure that bullying related to obesity is targeted in intervention programs,” researcher Dr. Matthew Davis suggested.
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