Bullying has lasting effects

30 Jun

Thursday we talked about bullying in class, and when I came home I found this article on Jezebel about a Swedish study on lasting effects of bullying. The study followed almost 900 students from their teens to adulthood, and found that adults who had been bullied as youths were “more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.”

You can read the whole article here.

This is an aspect of bullying that I have never heard discussed. People often seem to think if you get past your school years, and make it to adulthood, you can put those times behind you and move on. However, this study shows that is not always the case.

Does being bullied or isolated make you unhealthy? We humans are social creatures. Our species would not exist without our social organizations and nature. We talk out problems, we divide tasks, we work together. If a child feels isolated, they are not receiving the benefits of our social culture.

As the article says, it’s incredibly sad that something like bullying, that children have no control over, can affect their entire lives and health.

On a side note, Jezebel has a whole section on bullying, and childhood body image, there are a lot of interesting reads.

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