Published on The Rebel, by PressTV, Sept. 30, 2009.
… According to the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, youngsters with fewer friends and less social status among their peers are four times more likely to require hospital treatment for hormonal, nutritional and metabolic diseases.
They are nine times more prone to ischemic heart disease. The risk of diabetes, drug, alcohol and mental health problems are also reported to be higher among these children.
“Children in lower peer status positions may adopt a more health-damaging lifestyle, including behaviors such as heavy smoking and drinking,” scientists reported … (full text).