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Teasing Kids About Their Weight May Make Them Gain More

A long-term study finds that children who are bullied or shamed for their weight may gain more weight over time than peers who aren't teased.
Kids with overweight or obesity may suffer long-term effects when they're teased or bullied, often gaining more weight later, a new study finds. Source: Andree Frischkorn/EyeEm

School can be tough on kids who have overweight or obesity. They're often cruelly teased and bullied. And this type of bullying may lead to long-term consequences, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., found that making fun of kids for their weight is linked to increased weight gain well into adulthood — and the

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