Children shun obese story characters such as 'fat Alfie'
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The researchers also included a female version of the story, which was shown to a second group of reception and schoolchildren, with just two of 30 children choosing fat Alfina over Holly.
"This negativity was shared by another visibly different characterisation, a child in a wheelchair, but to a far smaller extent. Children rejected the fat character regardless of whether the character was male or female," Hill said.
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