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Child Obesity

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Tuzo Mwarumba

on 11 February 2013

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Obese children are more likely to be bullied, and those who are bullied show more signs of depression, anxiety, and loneliness than their peers (Hellmich). About

of overweight highschoolers reported being teased or bullied everyday (Sloviter). People wrongly discriminate against overweight children because they are physically different. CHILDHOOD
Alex Mason, Tuzo Mwarumba, Kayla Dunn, and Jay Ogle 60% 15% Teens are exercising

now than they did ten years ago
(Frissel 7). of overweight surveyed teens have considered suicide(Innes). Pandemic Works Cited: Bellamy, Adam. Personal Interview. 5 Feb. 2013.
Buller, Julianna. Personal Interview. 5 Feb. 2013.
Ferruzza, Charles. "Fat Chinese Baby." Photograph. Why We Have Fat Children, 11 June 2010. Web. 7 Feb. 2013
Frissel, Susan. "Eating Disorders and Weight Control". Frissel and Harney (1998). Print. 6 February. 2013
Hellmich, Nanci. "Chubby kids bullied more often." USA Today n.d.: MasterFILE Premier. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.
Innes, Caroline. "Suicide fears for obese children". Liverpool Echo. N.P., 19 Sept. 2008. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.
Mertz, Mattea. Personal Interview. 5 Feb. 2013.
Sloviter, Vikki. "It's Hard Being Obese." Pediatrics For Parents 26.7/8 (2010): 18. MasterFILE Premier. Web(Ebsco). 30 Jan. 2013.
Smithton, Colbi. Personal Interview. 5 Feb. 2013. In the beginning of our interview Mattea Mertz agreed with that statement. She also said that overweight children weren't discriminated against. However, children do not make these decisions for themselves. Their parent's choices and genetics greatly impact a child's health. Overweight children are being bullied because of physical difference. With enough self esteem issues as it is, overweight children are being kicked when they're already down. Mrs. Buller told us that she doesn't get a lot of overweight children. When she does however, the outlier among their problems is a deep depression. The cause of this deep depression stems from the fact that people not only judge obese people as physically inadequate, but mentally as well. Dr. Colbi Smithton explained that kids who are overweight experience more psychological, emotional, and mental strain than healthy kids. She said that kids are becoming overweight because of the fast lifestyle that they live. As they get larger, they get picked on more, and their depression worsens which leads to cutting and even suicide. When we asked her if she suddenly became fat would she be judged she said yes. Later on she changed her opinion on whether or not overweight children are discriminated against. Coach Bellamy explained that the hardest part about being overweight is when playing among other kids. Many overweight children struggle to keep up while the other kids make fun of them for being slow even if their trying their hardest. This is the most prominent way that overweight children get picked on in P.E. 10% LESS People may argue that this issue doesn't matter becasue these overweight children became overweight by their own decisions, choices, and will. We need to stop judging people by appearance and start judging people by their character. This will end all forms of discrimination. All the people we interviewed said that to stop the bullying we need to stop being ignorant and stop making assumptions. We need to walk in their shoes before we judge them.
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