Do you have a Pre-Teen who is dealing with Obesity?
Everyone knows that adolescence is a time when kids are most sensitive about their body image, but a new study done by Timothy D. Nelson, assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, found that body dissatisfaction is actually occurring much earlier. This study found that overweight pre-teens who experienced a particular kind of teasing about weight tended to judge their bodies more harshly and were less satisfied with their body sizes than pre-teens who didn’t experience getting teased about their weight. This specific kind of teasing can lead to other health and emotional issues such as increased risk of internalizing problems and developing irregular eating behaviors. Therefore, researchers believe that early indentification of children who are targets of being teased about their weight, and intervention efforts targeted at schools, can reduce the harmful effects of being teased about weight.