A new study has found that children aged around 10 years were more likely to be obese if they were told they were too fat by a parent, sibling, friend, classmate or teacher. This highlights the sensitivity of overweight individuals and the huge psychological factors involved. The study looked at 1,213 African-American girls and 1,166 white girls living in Northern California, and found that those who were told they were too fat were 1.66 times more likely to be obese than the others when they reached aged 19. The findings were published in the June 2014 print issue of the journal JAMA Pediatrics and are published online April 28.
One of the lead researchers said:
"That means it's not just that heavier girls are called too fat and are still heavy years later; being labeled as too fat is creating an additional likelihood of being obese."
Science Daily, (2014). Simply being called 'fat' makes young girls more likely to become obese: Trying to be thin is like trying to be tall. Retrieved 29th, April, 2014, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140428164115.htm