USA Today discovered that — guess what! — fat kids are more likely to be bullied.
Researchers at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor analyzed the bullying incidents of 821 children ages 8 to 11.
The study, reported today online in Pediatrics, found that obese children were more likely to be bullied than normal-weight peers, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status, school demographic profile, social skills or academic achievement.
“This study speaks to the deep prejudice against children who are obese,” says lead author Julie Lumeng, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan. “They are viewed as lazy and lacking in self-control, but we know the reasons for obesity are so much more complex than that.”
Oh, and other studies show that obese kids that are bullied have more depression and anxiety than their peers. Kind of like adults in that respect, you think?
I should note the article doesn’t, at least, encourage just adding a little diet or exercise to rub out that nasty fat. But I’m sure lot of people will add that themselves.