Children tend to dislike obese peers, researchers find

10/19/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

Researchers surveyed 137 third- through eighth-grade students on hypothetical children with undesirable traits and found that most students disliked boys who were overweight or aggressive because they thought the boys lacked the motivation and desire to change. Compared to boys, girls had a tendency to feel more kindly toward peers with undesirable traits, except for obesity and aggressiveness. The study will be published in the Journal of Genetic Psychology.

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