Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dodgeball trauma: Gym class bullying turns kids off fitness, study finds

USA Today, January 23, 2014

"For the person who was always the first kid to get pegged in dodge ball, or the one who was mocked for being 'slow as molasses' in every race, two words likely bring up emotional scars: gym class.
A new study by researchers at Brigham Young University finds that kids who were teased in gym class were less likely to participate in physical activity one year later. And while obese kids were among those who suffered in health-related quality of life long term, even healthy-weight kids who were bullied during physical activity tended to exercise less after the fact.
Previous studies had correlated bullying with decreased physical activity, but 'finding that this applies to normal-weight kids also was novel,' says Chad Jensen, a psychology professor at BYU and lead author of the study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology." Read More

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