No, worse than depressing. They're downright hideous. I cried for the children as I read these news reports. Not only for the fat kids, but the kids who were called fat even when they weren't. Because at school, there's really no difference.
Here's the opening paragraph of one news release from the Associated Press:
Overweight children are stigmatized by their peers as early as age 3 and even face bias from their parents and teachers, giving them a quality of life comparable to people with cancer, a new analysis concludes.The article goes on to say that
No wonder obesity kills.
Youngsters who report teasing, rejection, bullying and other types of abuse because of their weight are two to three times more likely to report suicidal thoughts as well as to suffer from other health issues such as high blood pressure and eating disorders, researchers said.
"The stigmatization directed at obese children by their peers, parents, educators and others is pervasive and often unrelenting," researchers with Yale University and the University of Hawaii at Manatoa wrote in the July issue of Psychological Bulletin.