February 28, 2021

With Childhood Obesity, School Becomes Toxic As Early As First Grade

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“Severe obesity is a clear psychosocial risk for children, even as early as 6 years old,” said Amanda Harrist, professor of child development at Oklahoma State University and an author of the study, in a press release. “Children who are ostracized, as occurred with the severely overweight children in our study, suffer great harm, with feelings of loneliness, depression, and aggression, and these children are more likely to skip school and drop out later.”
“Intervention or prevention efforts should begin early and target peer relationships,” said Glade Topham, associate professor of marriage and family therapy at Oklahoma State University and an author of the study, in the press release. “Interventions addressing the behavior of peer groups can limit exclusion and teasing, and help students form friendships.”