St. Louis, MO

Category: Bullying

My Child is Obese and is Being Bullied: What Can I Do?

Ask an educator about obesity and bullying and you are sure to get a response.  Recently, one of my doctoral students found that not one of 14 fourth and fifth grade children identified as gifted could sustain five minutes of aerobic exercise.  We all can agree our children spend too much time sitting whether doing homework, watching television, or using an I-Pad. 

Children can be relentless in their hurtful comments to a child who is overweight, such as “Your fat!”   I believe teachers do their best when they hear such statements, but the recipient may respond aggressively, or become withdrawn.   How we adults respond in these situations is critical.