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Obese children in grades 3 through 6 are more likely to be bullied than children of a normal weight, according to a new study.
The suicide of 15-year-old Phoebe Prince earlier this year has helped raise awareness among parents and teachers of the psychological impact of bullying on teens. Now, a new study that examines bullying at a younger age identifies overweight children as the primary target.
Researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed 821 children ages 8 to 11. In the third grade, 15 percent of the children were overweight and 17 percent were considered obese. A quarter of the 821 students admitted to being bullied; however, 45 percent of their mothers reported that their child had been bullied for his or her weight. The study included responses from children, parents and teachers.