Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Parents Battle Bulge, Bullying With Overweight And Obese Kids

“As the new school year begins, many parents with overweight and obese children are worried about how their kids will be treated by other students on the playground and in the classroom. Bullying is a major concern among parents with overweight and obese children ages 6 to 13, and these parents are much more likely than parents with healthy weight children to rate bullying as a top health issue for kids, according to a report released today by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. ‘We found that parents with overweight or obese children actually view bullying as a greater problem than childhood obesity,’ says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the National Poll on Children's Health. ‘Since bullying is known to be a problem for children with increased weight, bullying prevention programs will need to be mindful of obesity as a potential trigger for bullying behavior, and of parents' concerns surrounding this issue.’ And parents aren't taking childhood obesity lightly. The National Poll on Children's Health recently reported that parents across the country now rank childhood obesity as their No. 1 health concern for kids. While parents are having discussions with their children about limiting junk food, time spent watching TV and videos, and playing computer games, the latest National Poll on Children's Health report reveals that only about two-thirds of parents with overweight or obese children actually enforce such limits. Regardless, Davis says talking with your child about making healthier diets and increased physical activity is still a very important first step in setting the stage for a healthier lifestyle.”

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/120853.php

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Dr. Charlene Wills said...

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