I don’t think I posted about this, but I do remember hearing a while back that overweight kids are not only more likely to be bullied, but they’re also more likely to be bullies. The topic is coming up again, with a new study showing that “expressions of anger” are reduced in overweight kids who exercise.
While there’s no evidence that overweight kids are significantly more aggressive than their normal-weight peers, they are more likely to be bullied or to bully others.
Given that exercise is known to help improve mood and reduce hostility in adults, Davis and her colleagues set out to determine if it might have the same effect in overweight young people… The more a child’s fitness increased, the greater his or her reduction in anger expression.
I would imagine “expressions of anger” would be reduced in anyone who exercises, of any age, whether they’re overweight or not. After all, it’s not only us overweight people who go blow off steam with a good sweaty gym workout, right? So why target overweight kids with this study? Am I being cynical to assume it is because money is being thrown at the “childhood obesity epidemic”? I am, aren’t I?
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