07 Aug '11, 5pm

Childhood Obesity and Emotional Eating

Childhood Obesity and Emotional Eating

When I was in grade school, one of my classmates was greatly overweight. Michael was an easy target for teasing and bullying. He couldn’t run very well and always did poorly in gym class. He was shy, and most of the children didn’t want to be seen with him, so he was largely ignored. In our third-grade minds, we assumed he was so fat because there was something wrong with him — something made him eat too much. We never considered that shunning him may possibly have contributed to that. While studying child psychology in college, I thought about Michael, what he must have felt, and wondered how he “turned out” as an adult. Nowadays, Michael would not be the only obese child in a classroom. The Obesity Society notes, in the past 30 years, the occurrence of overweight in children has tripled. Last year, President Obama proclaimed September as National Childhood Obesity Awaren...

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