Navigation Links
Even Preschoolers View the Overweight Negatively
Date:4/13/2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Many preschool children have a negative impression of overweight children, a Canadian study suggests.

The study included 21 boys and 20 girls between 2 and 5 years old at five early learning and day care centers in Toronto. The children heard four stories where one child in each story does or says something nice and the other child does or says something mean.

After each story, the children were shown an illustration of two accompanying figures -- one overweight and one normal weight -- without any facial features and asked to pick which figure was mean and which one was nice.

Nearly 44 percent of the children chose the overweight child as the mean one in all four stories. Just over 2 percent chose the overweight child as the nice one in all four stories, the Ryerson University researchers found.

The researchers also noticed that the children's negative perceptions of overweight children increased with age.

"The preschoolers that we worked with in this study tended to have these negative perceptions," study co-author Aurelia Di Santo, a professor in the school of early childhood education, said in a university news release. "That tells us we need to pay more attention to what's happening during the preschool years."

Parents, caregivers and early-childhood educators should consider their attitudes about body image and try not to project negative ideas onto children, the researchers said.

"We need to reinforce positive values about body image in young children, especially when there are activities at home or in early learning centers that involve discussions on healthy eating," Di Santo said. "We also need to really listen to what children are saying about body image and work with that."

The study was published in the February issue of the Journal of Early Childhood Research.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about obesity in children.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Ryerson University, news release, March 30, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Motor Skills Lag in Poor Preschoolers
2. Pediatricians can help parents recognize overweight preschoolers
3. Lifestyle intervention reduces preschoolers body fat, improves fitness
4. Study shows a possible link between preschoolers cavities and excess body fat
5. U.S. Preschoolers Getting Too Much Screen Time: Study
6. Model for managing asthma in preschoolers leads to dramatic drop in ER visits and hospitalizations
7. $1 million USDA grant aims to reduce obesity in preschoolers
8. Brain imaging study of preschoolers with ADHD detects brain differences linked to symptoms
9. Policies that promote healthy eating, activity and sleep are needed to curb obesity in infants, toddlers and preschoolers
10. New ADHD Guidelines Include Preschoolers, Older Teens
11. Preschoolers language skills improve more when theyre placed with more-skilled peers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Even Preschoolers View the Overweight Negatively
(Date:10/13/2017)... RIDGE, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... annual Holly Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from ... of personalized and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual ... in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon ... fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented host, actor Rob Lowe, ... in a new episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational program ... investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the ... in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the ... She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at her ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... WILMINGTON, Del. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... technology and advisory services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range ... and National Association for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  Caris Life Sciences ® ... fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, today announced that ... Caris, Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as its 17 th ... the St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute will help develop ... use of tumor profiling, making cancer treatment more precise ...
(Date:10/11/2017)...  Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC), today provided ... Piedras, Puerto Rico , where the ... Following a comprehensive onsite ... structural damage, temporary loss of power and minimal water ... manufacturing operations have resumed, and the company expects to ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... 10, 2017   West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. ... injectable drug administration, today shared the results of a ... improving the intradermal administration of polio vaccines. The study ... in May 2017 by Dr. Ondrej Mach , ... Health Organization (WHO), and recently published in the journal ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: