4th Jan 2021
Sixty – five percent of people with eating disorders state that bullying behaviour contributed to their condition.* In a world where anxiety and mental health issues are on the increase in our younger generation, this is surely something we should be looking at in order to see how we can help support our children if they experience this themselves.
Some report that it is as a result of being ‘fat shamed’ whilst others report it is their way of exerting some control over something in their lives when experiencing bullying.
With increasing access to mobile devices, it becomes easier for our teens to find ways to hide and disguise these eating disorders from us. Certain hashtags online bring up hints and tips to hide said disorders, and even encourage them, leaving us, as parents, feeling helpless and frustrated.
Bullying in itself is such a difficult topic for a lot of children to open up about as they can be left feeling as though you may be ashamed of them. Adding an eating disorder into the mix can leave them feeling even more isolated and embarrassed. It is therefore imperative that we recognise some of the signs of ‘weight based’ bullying or an eating disorder in case they don’t themselves disclose it to us.
What to look out for:
It is also helpful to look at what we can do to help our children if we think they have fallen victim to weight based bullying or may have an eating disorder.
*according to the National Eating Disorder Organisation
Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Communications Officer
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