ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 3 (UPI) — Elementary school children who are obese have 63 percent higher odds of getting bullied than their thinner classmates, U.S. researchers found.
Lead author Dr. Julie C. Lumeng of the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and colleagues said 17 percent of U.S. children ages 6-11 are obese.
The study involved 821 children participating in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development.
The researchers calculated the odds of a study participant being bullied as reported by the child, mother and teacher.
The study, published online ahead of print in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics, found that obese children had higher odds of being bullied no matter their gender, race, family socioeconomic status, school demographic profile, social skills or academic achievement.
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