Hi Mary - thanks for your comments, and I agree. Kids get teased all the time, and for all sorts of things. But heavy kids get teased more ruthlessly and with less done to prevent it. There's a lot of data to support this. I also worry that what you say might be perceived as arguing that kids who are teased need to toughen up. I think kids are always helped by toughening up, but there are enough hard experiences for kids without gratuitous teasing. We adults should get in the way of the teasing - we owe that to the kids in our world - rather than shrugging it off as "kids will be kids." I don't think that's what you meant, but I worry that some might read it that way so I wanted to chime in. I hope I haven't offended. Thanks again for takin the time to write. Steve Schlozman