What obese child doesn't get the hang of self-hate? And, then spend a lifetime, even after becoming a normal weight, being a bully toward those carrying extra pounds? The victims of that harsh treatment are bound to include herself or himself.
Research confirms that, documents Gina Kolata in The New York Times. And, as any current or former overweight person knows, so does experience. In the 1950s, on the mean streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, the stigma was severe. No surprise, the worst bullies were parents. "You will never find a husband," mom and dad kept nagging.
Those following legal developments know that obese children have been removed from the home because of negligent supervision. But, what about parents who are part of the Greek Chorus chanting regularly that the child is less-than?
That kind of parental bullying certainly was and doesn't remain private. In public the child is continually reminded, "Don't eat this. Do eat that."
Of course, child protective services is already overwhelmed addressing other types of abuse. But a few interventions, with details released to the media, could reduce parental bullying. The outcome could be the child will not grow into a self-hating adult.