December 1, 2015
Analysis of prospective, population-based data indicated bullying involvement predicted eating disorder symptoms among both the victims and the bullies
“Eating behavior may be affected by bullying for several reasons. First, bullying may increase negative perceptions of one’s body either directly via teasing about one’s weight/appearance or indirectly through its effects on general self-esteem and emotional problems. Most studies of body dissatisfaction and disordered eating have focused on teasing that is appearance or weight-related [and suggest] moderate associations of teasing with body dissatisfaction, dietary restraint, and bulimic behaviors,” William E. Copeland, PhD, of Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues wrote.