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Predictors of Victimization of Overweight Youth

Pediatr Obes; ePub 2019 Feb 14; Nabors, et al

Children who were overweight were more likely to be victims, rather than perpetrators, of bullying, a recent study found. Therefore, health professionals should assess family and contextual factors in relation to victimization status when developing interventions. Caregivers provided data via the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health. A series of multinomial logistic regressions were conducted with the subsample of children aged 10 to 17 years (n=26,094). Researchers found:

  • Youth who were overweight were more likely to be victimized, but not more likely to bully.
  • Being engaged in school and neighborhood safety were protective factors among youth who were overweight, while living in families where information is shared and difficulty making friends were risk factors.


Nabors L, Stough CO, Garr K, Merianos A. Predictors of victimization among youth who are overweight in a national sample. [Published online ahead of print February 14, 2019]. Pediatr Obes. doi:10.1111/ijpo.12516.