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Researchers: "Fat shaming" may cause bullying victims to become obese adults

Researchers: "Fat shaming" may cause bullying victims to become obese adults (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There is a new warning from health care providers about a new trend in bullying called “fat shaming.”

Shaming those that are overweight is now considered a form of bullying called “weight teasing” and it's so common now that there's a new name for it.

Specialists with the Eating Recovery Center say it's also leading to serious consequences such as a rise in eating disorders into adulthood.

Researchers say when 2,000 school-aged children were asked about teasing by other kids, or family members about their weight, 15 years later they found those who answered yes were more likely to be obese adults.

For girls, the impact is even worse. It appears to lead to an increase in binge eating, unhealthy weight control eating to cope, poor body image and intense dieting.

Based on this information, medical experts with the Eating Recovery Center say it's important for parents to be aware of what can happen, even years later, and really start with family support to interrupt any bullying behavior.

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