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.
For more information please visit: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/bullies.html
For information on internet bullying please visit: http://www.helium.com/items/1494543-internet-bullying