• Obese children have a higher risk of being bullied, regardless of gender, race, family socioeconomic status, school demographic profile, social skills or academic achievement. [Lumeng, 2010]
• Criticism of weight, in particular, can contribute to issues that go beyond general problems with self-esteem and that they (children) tend to judge their bodies more harshly and were less satisfied with their body sizes than students who weren't teased about their weight. [Nelson, 2010]
If you grew up being a fat child, it is more than likely that you experienced this yourself. But, as you can see, these are results of studies from 2010 that reinforce what many of us already know; fat children are targeted solely based on their body size for bullying and psychological abuse which can lead to increased body dissatisfaction, loss of self-esteem, development of eating disorders and, sometimes, suicide.
Children ‘too afraid to eat’, a May, 2011, article out of Australia, states that children as young as four are being hospitalized for eating disorders after refusing to eat and going on dangerous diets in their quest to be thin.
NAAFA is trying to help educate, inform and provide alternative resources to parents, teachers, caregivers and other persons making decisions about fat children through the NAAFA Child Advocacy Toolkit.
Your donation of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more will help to get this invaluable tool into the hands of “the nation’s largest, most influential collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity” at the 6th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference this June in San Diego along with key legislators during NAAFA’s annual convention and trip to the “Hill” in Washington, D.C. in August. Please help us by donating today!
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Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination. Our goal is for people of size to be accepted with dignity and equality and will pursue this goal through advocacy, public education, and support.