A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reports that obese children have a higher risk of being bullied, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, social skills, academic achievement or gender.
This study also investigated the age range at which bullying peaks – ages 6 to 9 years.
The researchers evaluated the relationship between the child’s weight, status and the chances of being bullied as reported by the child, mother and teacher.
The study accounted for grade level in school, gender, race, family income-to-needs ratio, racial and socioeconomic composition of the school, and child social skills and academic achievement as reported by mothers and teachers.
They found that obese children had a higher risk of being bullied, regardless of gender, race, family socioeconomic status, school demographic profile, social skills or academic achievement.