Popular children make healthier adults

Children who are popular at school and hold power and respect amongst their classmates enjoy better health as adults.

According to a long term health study of children born in Sweden between 1953 and 2003, analysis  showed that children who were least popular at school were more than four times as likely to require hospital treatment for diseases and were more than twice as likely to develop mental health issues.

The research is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.