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Obese kids ‘likelier to be bullied, suffer from chronic illness’

Washington, July 06 (ANI): A study has indicated that children who are overweight or obese are more likely to be victimised by bullying when compared to children who are not overweight.

The findings explore the prevalence of overweight and obesity in nine-year-olds and its associations with chronic illness and bullying.

The researchers used a sample of 8,568 nine-year-old children and their families from the first wave of data collection from Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children.

Children who were overweight or obese were a lot more likely to be victimised by bullying when compared to children who were not overweight.

Dr Udo Reulbach, Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care and HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Trinity College Dublin, said: “Previous research has indicated that girls may be more susceptible to overweight and obesity than boys.

“Obesity and overweight are of major concern in Irish children with girls being more affected. It is associated with a higher likelihood of having chronic conditions and being bullied,” added Reulbach.

The study was presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care held at the University of Bristol this week. (ANI)

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