The Huffington Post—February 1, 2010
By Helene Pavlov, M.D., FACR, Radiologist-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery
When you read between the lines, the findings, which will likely assist parents, social workers and medical professionals in helping children fight obesity, highlights an important factor in our country's obesity struggle.
Beyond the health implications there is a stigma associated with being obese. The stigma is something that very few would want to be associated with. The stigma of obesity is especially problematic for children. While many children are raised to be well behaved and polite there are a few that use things like obesity to torment and make other children feel badly about themselves. It is no surprise then that the study found that obese children may die from a self-inflicted injury as adults.
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