The Long-Term Effects of Bullying.
Bullying ruins lives. Fact.
Childhood bullying can have a serious impact on adult life. Various studies have shown a link between childhood bullying and mental health issues later in life, although research has suggested bullying can affect physical health too. A recent report published by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) found that children who were bullied in childhood had a greater risk of health related problems later in life.
Researchers highlighted that 26% of women who had been bullied in childhood were obese by the age of 45, compared with 19% who had not been bullied. If bullying was completely eliminated, researchers estimated it would prevent 12% of cases of obesity in mid-life among both women and men.
Drawing from the findings, Professor Louise Arseneault suggests that bullying can create ‘toxic stress’ – something that can have a similar impact on a child’s life as being abused by an adult.
The research shows a need to pro-actively tackle bullying behaviour as the long-term implications –whether mental, physical or both – can have a devastating effect on adult life. Any kind of bullying is unacceptable and should be treated with a zero-tolerance approach.
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