Thursday July 18, 2019

Research: Obese Adolescents More Likely to Experience Bullying

While it is clear that as a group, the obese have been more involved in bullying than other groups

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Overweight or obese adolescents who are either victims or perpetrators of bullying or both have significantly greater odds of having depression. Pixabay

Researchers have found that obese adolescents are not only significantly more likely to experience bullying, but chances of them being perpetrators are also higher, compared to their healthy weight peers.

Overweight or obese adolescents who are either victims or perpetrators of bullying or both have significantly greater odds of having depression, behavioural problems and difficulty making friends, said the study published in the journal Childhood Obesity.

“While it is clear that as a group, the obese have been more involved in bullying than other groups, it is not clear the extent to which the obese are the victims of bullying or the source? In a large nationally representative sample, it was determined that the obese were both victims and perpetrators,” said Tom Baranowski from Baylor College of Medicine in the US.

The study involved more than 31,000 adolescents aged between 10-17.

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Researchers have found that obese adolescents are not only significantly more likely to experience bullying. Pixabay

During the study, the researchers compared bullying behaviour among obese and healthy weight teenagers and found significant differences for bullying victimisation and being both a victim and a perpetrator.

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Adolescents with obesity involved in bullying behaviours had significantly higher odds of behavioural conduct problems, depression, arguing excessively and having difficulty making friends compared to obese adolescents who were neither a bully perpetrator nor victim, according to the researchers. (IANS)

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OPPO to Establish New Research and Development Centre in China to Boost its R&D Capabilities

The smartphone player will spend 10 billion Renminbi (around $1.46 billion) on R&D this year

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The new facilities, along with the company's existing R&D centres, will form a robust research engine that powers its innovation for the emerging era of intelligent connectivity. Pixabay

Chinese handset maker OPPO on Friday announced it will establish a new research and development centre in China’s Chang’an Town, Dongguan, Guangdong Province as it aims to boost its R&D capabilities.

The new facilities, along with the company’s existing R&D centres, will form a robust research engine that powers its innovation for the emerging era of intelligent connectivity.

The smartphone player will spend 10 billion Renminbi (around $1.46 billion) on R&D this year.

“We are very pleased to officially break ground on OPPO’s new Chang’an R&D centre. It will play a strategic role in OPPO’s R&D endeavours, further enhancing the core technological capabilities of the company and accelerating the implementation of our R&D strategy and objectives,” Eric Zhu, Vice President, OPPO, said in a statement.

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Chinese handset maker OPPO on Friday announced it will establish a new research and development centre in China’s Chang’an Town. Pixabay

“The project will be built to the highest industrial standards and we will spare no effort in making the new R&D centre a masterpiece initiative in the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Corridor, helping to bolster the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.”

According to the handset maker, OPPO’s Chang’an R&D centre is one of Dongguan’s major initiatives to drive the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and is expected to house 5,000 R&D personnel upon completion.

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As a global R&D engine for the company, the R&D centre will be responsible for the R&D, design and testing of a range of smart devices, including smartphones and IoT products.(IANS)