Skip to comments.New Study Finds Overweight Kids Face Fat Stigma
Posted on 07/13/2007 5:41:18 AM PDT by Calpernia
A new study finds overweight kids are stigmatized by other children at a very early age, and they may even face bias from their own caregivers.
Rebecca Puhl, a clinical psychologist at the Center for Food Policy and Obesity says overweight children may become vulnerable targets of weight bias as early as age 3, "so it can be verbal teasing, it can be physical aggression and social rejection, and this is not something that is happening just from peers -it's also happening from parents and teachers."
She says "kids who are overweight and who are teased or victimized because of their weight are more vulnerable to things like depression, low self-esteem, poor body image and even suicidal thoughts and behaviors."
Puhl adds some youngsters respond to this victimization by "actually engaging in unhealthy eating behaviors like binge eating, and avoiding physical activity."
She says the bottom line is that "we need school systems to treat weight bias with the legitimacy of other forms of bias that are addressed in schools already, like gender and racial bias."
>>>”we need school systems to treat weight bias with the legitimacy of other forms of bias that are addressed in schools already, like gender and racial bias.”
in loco parentis
....and how much was spent on this study???
I want a federal grant to determine whether red head kids are teased with the name “carrot top.”
And to see if kids with glasses are teased with the name “four eyes.”
I would love to know the disclosures of grant awards.
You should apply for a grant and conduct that study. Matter of fact, that would make a great freep. We should all come up with ‘studies’ and flood the grant application process.
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Alas... they’ll be fatally ‘speed-challenged’ when a drunken illegal takes to driving on the sidewalk.
They already forbid schools from giving students any food where the first ingredient is sugar.
Wow. Whatta genius. As a former rotund schoolboy, I can say with certainty that such dimensions make one the brunt of much verbal and, occasionally, physical abuse, which thickens the skin and develops fighting skills.
By high school, I was 6 ft. 225 lbs, with a 34 inch waist--and no one to trifle with, although I could take a joke as well as anyone. I didn't much tolerate bullies, either.
We need to go back to the old system of settling differences one on one, with supervision reserved for the bullies who get the upper hand. The traditional playground 'pecking order' at least taught the concepts of courage and respect.
Not only would I love to see the amounts of the grant awards for these studies; but how about the ‘expense reports’?
I was on the other side of the aisle on the weight issue. When my brothers and sisters wanted to taunt me (6 of them) they would call me Olive Oil Legs and Spider Monkey. Never bothered me that much. With 7 of us, you learned not to be over senitive about appearances.
The links in my post one are about the ‘Model School Nutrition Program’
I wonder what kind of cognitive dissonance will result when someone points out that they're enforcing the Commandments against sloth and gluttony.
The wide variation of physical (and mental) types is what keeps us humans interesting. (Makes great fodder for storyteling, too: i.e. Fat Albert and Wierd Harold).
What will the control freaks do when they have hammered and drugged everyone into the statistical definition of ‘normal’?
The logical thing to do would be to designate a Queen. The only successful examples of socialism I know of are ants and bees, and the fact that all of the members of the colony are identical clones is no coincidence.
Does that mean we'd have to grow cankles and thunder thighs, or just go to rehab for calling them that?
Not sure. Then there’s the problem of what to do about “badonkadonk butt”.
BS, we need to treat child obesity as another form of child abuse.
Yeah, but you can track that with siesmic sensors...
They had to do a study for that?!?
>>>BS, we need to treat child obesity as another form of child abuse.
Not by the CDC’s Body Mass Index.
Look at the calculator. No field inputs for body type or sex.
It never ceases to amaze me what people will fund studies to find out.
I believe I read somewhere (probably FR) that that is already happening; I just don't know where to find it.
I’ve read that they recently determined that measuring BMI is only effective for the 25-55 age group, and even then it doesn’t account various issues, such as why a muscular athlete would be considered obese by its standards.
While there are other measuring methods out there such as the hip to waist ratio(the method they say is best for older folks) there really is nothing outside of a doctor’s visit as none of these measuring tests will consider present health as well.
One more thing...
While I am against schools regulating what snacks(come on, a bag of potato chips is probably healthier than the garbage they serve in most school cafeterias) I do think the parents of the kids need to take charge. If your kid is whining about being tired that he or she is fat, then make them do SOMETHING!! Don’t let them sit and moan and eat more. Turn the TV/computer off and send them for a bike ride, or go for a family walk and make sure there not snacking on junk and soda all afternoon.
Whoops, at first glance I thought that said “fat face stigma”, and thought, “how cruel”. Pass the pizza.
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