Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bullying, Body Image, and Eating Disorders

Studies have shown that bullying can have a negative effect on self-image and body-image. I don't think we need a study to tell us that. Mean words, teasing about weight, comments about image...all of this will lead anyone to question his/her image.

We do that anyway. We question if we are pretty, thin, nice, good...enough. We question what people think anyway. We don't need someone else to tell us.

We don't like our hips. Our tummy is too fat. Our butt too round. We grip about our hair. We don't like our...the list goes on and on. Each of us has something we are self conscious about. We each have something that we dwell on.

But...if we get bullied because of it. Bullied about our hips, our tummy, our butt...

We can question it even more. We stop feeling good enough. And maybe, just maybe the best way to fix it is to get thinner. To slim those hips. Tighten that belly. Firm that butt.

(photo courtesy web)

The tragedy of bullying.

Bullying can and will destroy self-esteem and damage body image. This can lead a teen (or adult) to develop an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are serious. It's not just a diet. It's not just about trying to eat better. An eating disorder is an obsession. And it can be fatal.

An eating disorder describes a serious condition in which one has irregular eating habits and severe distress. Bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, over-eating, chew and spit, are all some of the different types of eating disorders.

We are all susceptible to bullying. We are all susceptible to eating disorders. If you or someone you know has the signs and symptoms...get help. Reach out to someone you know and trust. Find help.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Best to all, Becca