Chubby Kids Get Bullied More Often
Jim LiebeltJim Liebelt's Blog
- 2010 May 03
The danger of bullying has been making headlines recently, and now a new study shows heavy kids are more likely to be picked on than their normal-weight peers.
The study confirms other research that chubby children are more likely to be the victims of bullying. About one-third of kids in the USA weigh too much.
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.