Ending Childhood Obesity Bullying
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the perfect time to bring awareness to the issue of discrimination and bullying of children affected by obesity.
The Obesity Action Coalition urges all Americans to recognize the fight against childhood obesity and to stop the stigmatization of the children who struggle with the issue. Weight is a sensitive issue, but it is even more difficult for children who are still growing and learning about their bodies. Children who struggle with weight issues are often burdened by the added problem of dealing with bullying from peers.
Preventing childhood obesity is not always simple, but you can help children in the following ways:
- Teach them to make healthy eating a habit.
- Explain the benefits of regular exercise.
- Set a good example and model healthy habits children can follow.
- Turn off the electronics and encourage children to engage in more active games.
Talk to your child’s doctor about helping your child maintain a healthy weight. If you suspect your child is being bullied, reassure your child that they are not alone, teach them coping techniques and alert the proper authorities at school to assist your child.