Bullying is the top “health” concern among parents with overweight and obese children, according to a new report.
Parents of these children, aged 6 to 13, also are much more likely than parents of children at a healthy weight to call bullying a top health issue for kids, according to a report..
“We found that parents with overweight or obese children actually view bullying as a greater problem than childhood obesity,” Dr. Matthew M. Davis, director of the National Poll on Children’s Health, said in a university news release.
“Since bullying is known to be a problem for children with increased weight, bullying prevention programs will need to be mindful of obesity as a potential trigger for bullying behavior and of parents concerns surrounding this issue.”
Overall, parents don’t take childhood obesity lightly, ranking it No. 1 is among health concern for kids in the National Poll on Children’s Health.
Still, only two-thirds of parents actually enforce such limits with their children on junk food and time spent in front of a TV or computer screen, the poll found.
Still, many parents are talking with their children about having healthier diets and increasing their physical activity, which Davis said is an important first step in setting the stage for a healthier lifestyle.
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