Overweight kids who are teased about their appearance gain significantly more weight than kids that don’t experience bullying, research has found.
Research from the US has found kids who experience teasing hae a 33 per cent rise I BMI every year compared to kids that don’t experience bullying.
The study looked at 110 overweight children for at least eight years and were asked to fill out questionnaires about weight-relating bullying they experienced.
The study found children who were bullied the most were also likely to put on the most weight.
The research adds to a 2017 study which looked at nearly 2,000 young adults and found weight based teasing lead to obesity in adulthood.
The researchers from the study believe bullied kids experience low self esteem and chronic stress, leading to weight gain.