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Childhood Obese Has Far Reaching Consequences, Research of 3,000 Kids Shows

4:48 PM, Sep 19, 2011   |    comments
Angela Wicks, 10, front, Lindsay Mosher, 10, middle, and Ariana Afshari, 9, back, swing during recess at Tarwater Elementary School in Chandler.
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You know it's not easy being overweight when you're a kid around other peers who tease.  Kids can be downright mean.  A new study, though, puts numbers to the teasing.

Researchers in Australia followed more than 3,000 children for four years.

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They measured their height and weight at the start of the study, and then they interviewed the parents about their kids' mental health.

They found children who began the study obese were 20 percent more likely to have difficulty with their peers four years later.

The trouble? Everything from teasing to feeling isolated because they couldn't make friends.

Researchers said parents should work hard to encourage a healthy lifestyle for their children. 

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