Is there a link between obesity, chronic illness and bullying?

July 5, 2011

Science Daily/University of Bristol

A study exploring the prevalence of overweight and obesity in nine-year-olds and its associations with chronic illness and bullying has recently been completed. The study found obesity to be more prevalent in girls. In addition children, particularly boys with an abnormal body weight had a significantly higher rate of an ongoing chronic illness. Children who were overweight or obese were a lot more likely to be victimized by bullying when compared to children who were not overweight.


Childhood obesity is a major personal, family and public health challenge. Weight problems and obesity in children has increased dramatically throughout Europe in the past two decades. In addition to the increased likelihood of adult obesity with its associated health risks, serious short-term physical and psychosocial consequences endanger the wellbeing of an affected child.

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