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Fat kids more vulnerable to bullies

Posted on: September 13, 2011

“The obesity or overweight might not be the driving force on fat Kids…”

“What we found is that it didn’t matter. No matter how good your social skills, if you were overweight or obese you were more likely to be bullied.”

fat kid more vulnerable for bullies

(– Kids in Grades 3 through 6 who are fat are more likely to be bullied  than their normal-weight peers, a new study has found.

No one who has attended grade school -or who has even the slightest familiarity with kids – will be surprised by these findings. What is surprising, however, is that obese children are bullied more often even if they possess qualities that can discourage bullies, such as having good social skills or doing well in school.

“When we started this study, I really suspected that we might find that the obesity or overweight might not be the driving force,” says the lead author of the study, Julie Lumeng, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. “What we found is that it didn’t matter. No matter how good your social skills, if you were overweight or obese you were more likely to be bullied.”

In the study, which appears this week in the journal Pediatrics, Lumeng and her colleagues followed more than 800 children — all born in 1991 — from 10 cities across the U.S. When the children were in the third, fifth, and sixth grades, the researchers surveyed teachers, mothers, and the children themselves about whether they were bullied, and also surveyed the adults about the children’s social skills. They then compared these responses with the children’s body mass index, a simple ratio of height and weight.

Overall, kids who were obese were 65 percent more likely to be bullied than their peers of normal weight; overweight kids were 13 percent more likely to be bullied, although that finding was not statistically significant, the study notes. This pattern persisted even when the researchers took into account other factors that are associated with both obesity and being bullied, such as coming from a low-income family or doing poorly in school.

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Effects on Fat kids Health

The first problems to occur in fat kids are usually emotional and psychological. Childrens with obesity problems however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including heart disease, sleep problems, diabetes, high blood preassure, and others health disorders including liver disase, early puberty or menarche, skin infections and asthma and other repiratory problems.  Studies have shown that overweight kids are more likely to grow up to be overweight adults.  More than 70% of fat Adolescents and young adults fight their obese conditions with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, and statistics of  obese adolescents increase mortality rates during adulthood.

Your children’s Fat Fate is in you hands…

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