Getting over ‘overweight’ bullying.

Bullying is not slowing down. Now by a long shot. Remember the old saying? “Same devil, new tricks?” Well, according to Health Day on Yahoo health, a child being overweight increases their chances of being bullied by 63 percent. This is definitely not okay for the bully, but it certainly puts a stump into pediatricians’ and parents’ minds.

Obesity is so much more common today and there seems to be nothing available to stop it. At one point, people thought that being smarter and studying harder would make the bully go away, but that doesn’t work. All it means is that the bully will pick on you for your intelligence and your weight, adding a double whammy to the victim’s psyche.

So, whats the solution?

There are no easy answers here, Dana Rofey, an assistant professor with the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh offers a  few suggestions for parents, teachers, and others:

1. Be supportive. If your child comes to you and tells you whats wrong, please validate their feelings, let them know that what they feel isn’t imaginary and that you are on their side.

2. If the child seems not to want to discuss it, gently remind them you will continue to check up on the situation.

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2 thoughts on “Getting over ‘overweight’ bullying.

  1. Certainly a touching topic that has been going on for much longer than many people realize. We can't change society, but we can being by teaching our children not to take their own problems out on others. Teach them that there will always be things that we may or may not like about people, but that does not afford them the right to intrude on anyone's life. Furthermore, we need to make schools a safer EDUCATIONAL environment. The unfortunate truth is that the child being tortured is often ignored by school administrators because the schools do not want to get into conflicts with multiple students and their parents. Also, it is often viewed as "easier" for the school to ignore one student, as opposed to going against multiple students that they are often intimidated by, themselves. People also need to realize that this is no longer harmless teasing (and it has not been for many years), it has escalated to many forms of abuse, assault, and genuine threats. Which is apparent by the end result of several cases, suicide. Though most survive those years, they often struggle with severe psychological consequences that last much longer than the actual bullying.

  2. Thanks for the comment! And also retaliation on the part of the victim can happen, such as violence against themselves(suicide) or killing others(homicide).I pray for them.

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