Unsafe Schools Could Be a Factor in Childhood Obesity

A new study found that childhood obesity could be related to school safety.

A University of Montreal study found a correlation between a lack of safety at school and childhood obesity.

The university study, which was conducted with the Research Centre at CHU Sainte Justine children’s hospital, revealed “a complex intertwining of feelings of being unsafe and poverty with obesity,” according to Dr. Tracie Barnett.

Researchers analyzed data from over 1,000 students in Quebec and asked students about school safety and their experiences being bullied, according to the University Herald. Teachers were also asked to rate their school’s safety. The information was supplemented with family background data and health behaviors.

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