Education Report Roundup

Childhood Obesity

By Laura Greifner — July 25, 2007 1 min read

Overweight children are more likely to be teased about their weight now than they were 40 years ago, a report published in the July issue of Psychological Bulletin concludes.

Overweight children are more likely to be teased about their weight now than they were 40 years ago, a report published in the July issue of Psychological Bulletin concludes.

As early as age 3, peers, parents, and teachers stigmatize overweight children, it found. Those who are bullied, teased, or otherwise abused because of their weight are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and suffer from weight-related health issues, according to the report.

“Stigma, Obesity, and the Health of the Nation’s Children” is available for purchase from the American Psychological Association.