Literature also shows that the childhood obesity can also influence the social and personal development of an individual. It is seen that the obese boys and girls receive no friendship nomination. Thus, they are more likely to be socially isolated from rest of the fellows in extracurricular school activities or otherwise (Strauss and Pollack, 2003). In a study by Mellin, Neumark- Sztainer, Story, Ireland, & Resnick (2002), it was also found that these young souls experience the feelings of hopelessness and develop severe emotional problems. As a result, they indulge in more unhealthy behaviors such as eating more fatty foods, binge eating and watching more television.
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