It's important to keep in mind that students who are overweight or obese are often
teased by classmates and targeted by bullies.
What Teachers Can Do
Be supportive of students who are overweight. Focus on strengths and help build
self-esteem by encouraging their interests.
Be a role model for healthy behaviors, especially related to nutrition and exercise.
Consider integrating lessons on nutrition and exercise into your lesson plans.
Make healthy eating and physical activity a classroom affair. If you allow snacks
in your classroom, make sure they're nutritious. Avoid giving snacks to any of your
students as rewards for good behavior. Encourage students to be active during recess
and don't take away recess as punishment.
Encourage students to eat more fruit and vegetables, limit screen time, and be
physically active every day. Physically active kids and teens also are more likely
to be academically motivated, focused, and successful in school.