From as early as the age of three, children who are overweight are being stigmatized by adults and by other children.
Youngsters who report teasing, rejection, bullying and other types of abuse because of their weight are two to three times more likely to report suicidal thoughts as well as to suffer from other health issues such as high blood pressure and eating disorders, researchers said.
“The quality of life for kids who are obese is comparable to the quality of life of kids who have cancer,” Puhl said, citing one study. “These kids are facing stigma from everywhere they look in society, whether it’s media, school or at home.”
Several studies showed that overweight girls got less college financial support from their parents than average weight girls. Other studies showed teasing by parents was common.
I don’t even know what to say. This is the reality of the cultural stigma we have, and it doesn’t help, doesn’t fix any problems, just hurts and damages people. I don’t know how to fix it. I’m still dealing with the effects of it. But maybe spreading the word is the first step.
Thanks to Cat for helping me bring down the room with this one. If you need cheering up, here is a lolcat.
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