Fat-shaming isn't just a grown-up thing. It happens all too often in schools, too.
According to a new study from University of Connecticut of almost 3,000 adults, being "fat" is the actually most common reason kids are bullied.
At least 70% of those surveyed viewed weight-based bullying in youth as a common problem, describing it as a "serious or very serious issue."
While states have taken measures to create anti-bullying laws, these measures don't specifically protect overweight people, the lead author of the report, Rebecca Puhl, told The New York Times. Currently, our country's anti-harassment laws only protect race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
As obesity rates have risen, she told the Times, people have developed this perception "that these youth are somehow to blame for their weight and in some way deserve this treatment."
Most of the participants were in favor of strengthening both school-based policies and state laws to address weight-based bullying. As the body-positive movement gains momentum amongst adults, it's our responsibility to spread its message to our kids, too.
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