Kids can be cruel, and apparently that cruelty can contribute to children being less physically active.
According to a recent Reuters Health article -- study completed by Chad D. Jensen at Brigham Young University -- children with healthy weights who reported being teased during the first survey were more likely to be less active the next year. Overweight and obese children who reported teasing in year two were linked to less physical activity the same year.
However, obesity and extreme obesity among U.S. low-income, preschool-aged children went down for the first time in recent years.
CDC stats state that from 2003 to 2010 child obesity decreased from 15.21 percent to 14.94 percent. Extreme obesity decreased from 2.22 percent to 2.07 percent. Extreme obesity declined for all racial groups except for American Indians/Alaska Natives, and the largest decrease was among 2-year-old children and Asian/Pacific Islander children.
In Illinois, the obesity rates for children ages 2 to almost 5 were 15.3 percent overweight and 14.6 percent obese. For high-school teenagers, the rates were 15.5 percent overweight and 11.9 percent obese.
Expanding a child's social circle with sleepovers and after-school activities were two suggestions to combat teasing, in the Reuters Health post, but what happens when overweight or obese kids are too afraid to be physically active around each other for the same reasons?
While anti-bullying campaigns are up to both the school and the parents, check out the related photo gallery for ideas for parents to team up with their children to maintain a healthy weight right now regardless of what their peers are doing.
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