British scientists from the University of Leeds have tried to establish at what age extra pounds become a hindrance to the child's communication. As it turned out, children four years of age do not want to see among his friends full of peers.
Scientists have shown 123 children of both sexes aged from four to six years of pictures, which depicted a fictional character by the name of Alfi. This character was drawn in different ways: some figures he was a thin, others thick, and in some he was sitting in a wheelchair. Experts asked the children to choose among the images in Alfi with whom they would like to be friends. As it turned out, already at the age of four kids relate negatively to people with overweight. Children are never selected as a potential friend, Alfi, which was depicted thick. Meanwhile, the cartoon hero, sitting in a wheelchair, to a certain extent, this negative attitude in children is not caused.
The obtained data scientists consider evidence as extra pounds doom of the child from this age on a "rejection" of their peers. It should also be noted that in addition to the boy Alfi was also another female character, but he was not called love children. That is one fat girl also could not find support among kids.
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According to study leader Professor Andrew hill, even small children at this age have an idea of what social demands on the human figure. Still not enrolling in school, the children know that being fat is bad and unattractive. You cannot say that to a wheelchair children treated with sympathy, but at the same time, negative to it was much less than to the fullness.