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Weight related humor has negative impacts on kids, study says

June 10, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It is clear that we have a growing issue of obesity in young adults in our country.

There is also no doubt that many people with good intentions including parents, teachers and health professionals occasionally attempt to intervene with lifestyle advice.

Certainly, well-intentioned guidance does not have to be a bad thing, but according to a new report from the Uniformed Services University, there is no room for weight based teasing.

The study revealed, in no uncertain terms, that teasing or humor related to body image may lead people to increase weight gain over time.

The study looked at over 100 adolescents who averaged twelve years of age, and found that direct serious and professional conversations about weight issues could be helpful.

However, attempts to lighten things up  especially using weight related humor — had a negative impact.