17th Jan 2022
Bullying at school can begin at a very young age and children in higher weight bodies are 63% more likely to be teased than their slighter peers.*
January can be a tricky time for those struggling with their weight. Often the focus is placed upon adults, with weight loss and quick fix diets filling newsfeeds and timelines. But for children, the return to school after Christmas can be a difficult one. Particularly if they are self-conscious about their weight, have been struggling or are being bullied as a result.
Often a holiday from school can act as a respite for a child suffering from bullying behaviour, and as the return to the school routine looms, their behaviour can become erratic and noticeably different.
If you think your child is struggling with being bullied because of their weight and you are concerned that is affecting their relationship with food, here are some indicators to look for:
If you think your child is suffering from weight-based bullying or may have an eating disorder, it is important to talk to them about it and the below may be helpful.
Your child, however, may not want to talk and may become withdrawn, moody, or snappy. They might not accept they have a problem. But talking about the condition is so essential for their recovery so it’s important to keep trying:
Written by Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Head of Content and Media
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