Being a mentor for at-risk elementary and middle school children for the last three years, I’ve noticed that they tend to have the same difficulties I had growing up.
I was chubby during my entire childhood and weighed 140 pounds in the fourth grade.
I was picked on and bullied not only because I was fat, but because my family was fat too. I also had a weird name, my family lived in poverty, my dad was an alcoholic, and I was a slow learner in school. There was always something to make fun of. As an adult, I recognize now that children will always find a reason to pick on other kids.
But, if I could go back and talk to the chunky little fourth grade girl I used to be, I would tell her these five important things: Read this article at Mind Body Green.
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