Overweight children are stigmatized by their peers as early as age 3 and even face bias from their parents and teachers, giving them a quality of life comparable to people with cancer, a new analysis concludes, reports the International Herald Tribune.
Those children who get teased for being obese are about two to three times more likely to report suicidal thoughts and health issues, according to a paper written by researchers with Yale University and the University of Hawaii at Manatoa in the July issue of Psychological Bulletin.
Here is a really disturbing revelation in the article:
"Several studies showed that overweight girls got less college financial support from their parents than average weight girls. Other studies showed teasing by parents was common."
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