Archive for September 10th, 2009

Obesity and Bullying…

September 10, 2009

In one study that looked at overweight children, 60% of boys reported being bullied in school.  Whether children report the incident to their parents or not is another matter. 

So when I give a talk on obesity and the risks associated with having overweight kids, I also emphasize not only the medical aspect of the problem but aso the psychosocial problems associated with childhood obesity. 

Recently a report on the effect of bullying in children was publ;ished in Archives of General Psychiatry, September 7, 2009 issue. It showed that a history of being a victim of bullying at age 8 years among females independently predicted psychiatric hospital treatment and use of antipsychotic, antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs… this association was regardless of psychiatric problems at baseline.

Among males on the other hand , victims of frequent bullying predicted the future use of antidepressant and anxiolytic drugs as well as increase  psychiatric hospital treatment and use of antipsychotics.

This new study clearly emphasizes the need for parents to further look at how we feed our children becuase giving in to their desires and wants rather than need can mean a future that is filled with medical risks. 

The association of being overweight and being targets of bullying cant be over emphasized.  There should be a stop somewhere and it should start within the confines of our home…

Teaching them the right amount and the right kind of food means a better future for them both physically and emotionally.