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New Study Finds Overweight Kids Face Fat Stigma
Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Friday, July 13, 2007 | By: David Matthau

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."


TOPICS: Education; Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: healthypeople; healthypeople2010; inlocoparentis
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Animal Tagging and SCHOOL LUNCHES???

1 posted on 07/13/2007 5:41:19 AM PDT by Calpernia
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To: Calpernia

>>>”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


2 posted on 07/13/2007 5:42:13 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

....and how much was spent on this study???


3 posted on 07/13/2007 5:42:46 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware

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.”


4 posted on 07/13/2007 5:46:49 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: mware

I would love to know the disclosures of grant awards.


5 posted on 07/13/2007 5:54:10 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Mr. Brightside

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.


6 posted on 07/13/2007 5:55:52 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
Check out this piece of brillance reported by the same center.

7/11/2007 Poor Diets Show Increased Respiratory Symptoms In Teens

A recent study shows that teens who consume low levels of vitamins C and E, fruit, and omega-3 fatty acids were more likely to report coughing, respiratory infections, and other less severe asthma-related symptoms. Physicians say that a multivitamin can help children achieve their daily requirements for nutrients.

7 posted on 07/13/2007 5:57:54 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Calpernia

Alas... they’ll be fatally ‘speed-challenged’ when a drunken illegal takes to driving on the sidewalk.


8 posted on 07/13/2007 6:00:06 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Calpernia
I am just waiting for the food police to begin to monitor the snacks kids bring to school.

They already forbid schools from giving students any food where the first ingredient is sugar.

9 posted on 07/13/2007 6:01:29 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Calpernia
So who's idiot cousin bagged the grant money for this study in the sublimely obvious?

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.

10 posted on 07/13/2007 6:02:06 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: mware

Not only would I love to see the amounts of the grant awards for these studies; but how about the ‘expense reports’?


11 posted on 07/13/2007 6:06:28 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Smokin' Joe

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.


12 posted on 07/13/2007 6:06:29 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware

The links in my post one are about the ‘Model School Nutrition Program’


13 posted on 07/13/2007 6:09:45 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: mware
I am just waiting for the food police to begin to monitor the snacks kids bring to school.

I wonder what kind of cognitive dissonance will result when someone points out that they're enforcing the Commandments against sloth and gluttony.

14 posted on 07/13/2007 6:19:49 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: mware

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’?


15 posted on 07/13/2007 6:29:47 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
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.

16 posted on 07/13/2007 6:34:46 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic
The logical thing to do would be to designate a Queen.

Does that mean we'd have to grow cankles and thunder thighs, or just go to rehab for calling them that?

17 posted on 07/13/2007 7:13:07 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Not sure. Then there’s the problem of what to do about “badonkadonk butt”.


18 posted on 07/13/2007 7:16:10 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Calpernia
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."

BS, we need to treat child obesity as another form of child abuse.

19 posted on 07/13/2007 7:23:11 AM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: tacticalogic
Then there’s the problem of what to do about “badonkadonk butt”

Yeah, but you can track that with siesmic sensors...

20 posted on 07/13/2007 7:25:33 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Calpernia

They had to do a study for that?!?


21 posted on 07/13/2007 7:26:25 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: org.whodat

>>>BS, we need to treat child obesity as another form of child abuse.

Not by the CDC’s Body Mass Index.

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/

Look at the calculator. No field inputs for body type or sex.


22 posted on 07/13/2007 7:29:08 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

It never ceases to amaze me what people will fund studies to find out.


23 posted on 07/13/2007 8:17:12 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: mware
I am just waiting for the food police to begin to monitor the snacks kids bring to school.

I believe I read somewhere (probably FR) that that is already happening; I just don't know where to find it.

24 posted on 07/13/2007 8:18:55 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Calpernia

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.


25 posted on 07/13/2007 9:28:30 AM PDT by Santa Fe_Conservative
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

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.


26 posted on 07/13/2007 9:44:32 AM PDT by Santa Fe_Conservative
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

bump


27 posted on 07/13/2007 10:46:24 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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Whoops, at first glance I thought that said “fat face stigma”, and thought, “how cruel”. Pass the pizza.


28 posted on 07/13/2007 10:46:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Friday the 13th, July 2007. Trisdecaphobia! https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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