Fat Kids are Bullied
Here is something wholly unsurprising to me and anyone else who was a fat kid: fat kids are bullied more - and are more prone to be bullies.
At this point, I'd like to think that the solution is to teach kids why bullying is wrong and won't do any good for them in life. Right? Right. But why do that when you can simply say that kids shouldn't be fat in the first place?
...the new findings underscore the importance of enlisting teachers and schools in the fight to prevent and treat obesity in children, said lead author Ian Janssen, an obesity researcher at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.
Argh! No! No! No!
The spin on this study is incredibly frustrating. Here we have perfectly fine and good kids who are fat, and we're immediately telling them that they are in the wrong instead of considering that, gee, maybe the bullies are the ones who have something wrong with them.
This study also claims that fat girls are more likely to be excluded from social activities than fat boys, which isn't terribly surprising. This article goes so far as to suggest that if fat kids were more involved in activities, they wouldn't turn to food and television for comfort. Because we know that everyone is fat because of eating too much and watching too much TV, right?
I mean, really. If there was a study out suggesting that African-Americans were bullied against more frequently than other ethnic groups, would someone suggest they put on whiteface? [Thanks, Jeannine, Midge, and Sandy!]