It's not uncommon for overweight children to be teased. Dr. Robin says the teasing is not funny—in fact, she says it can affect a child's well-being. "Teasing is dangerous," she says. "Not only is it bad for your child's health, it is bad for their frame of mind and their spirit."
Dr. Robin says that overweight children who are teased by their peers or adults often turn to food for comfort and some turn to thoughts of suicide. By being a good role model and pointing out positive traits in children and adults who are overweight, Dr. Robin says you can teach your children an important lesson.
"Words are powerful," she says. "And they can [be used] to build someone up, not tear someone down."
Published on July 25, 2007