Monday, June 4, 2007

#1 bullying issue on playground is obesity

A recently released study from Australia indicates that being overweight as a child is the number one reason why children are bullied. It has overtaken difference in appearance, acne, dress or glasses as the top reason why kids are bullied in Australia.

Figures show that 25-30 of Australian children are obese or overweight and this figure is rising exponentially rising.

It should also be noted that 1-5 Australian adults say they were bullied about their weight as a child as well.

More on playground bullying.

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