May 3rd, 2010
11:24 AM ET

Obese kids more vulnerable to bullies

Anne Harding

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Children in Grades 3 through 6 who are obese are more likely to be bullied than their normal-weight peers, a new study has found.

No one who has attended grade school - or who has even the slightest familiarity with children - will be surprised by these findings. What is surprising, however, is that obese children are bullied more often even if they possess qualities that can discourage bullies, such as having good social skills or doing well in school.

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