- Bullying that is directly related to body size and weight can contribute to increased depression, anxiety, and risk of mental illnesses, such as eating disorders.
- This can lead to emotional eating, which can then result in further weight gain, which may lead to increased bullying, which then starts the cycle all over again
- Equally, if your child says that what happened made them want to lose weight, it’s time to switch their focus from shedding pounds to being healthy. Work together to come up with a plan. When your child is involved in the process - choosing healthy foods and activities, for example – they are more likely to want to stick with it.
- Point out that it’s good for the whole family to make better choices, whether it's exercising a little more or working on eating a little better.
Here are some You Tube video links:
- The Food Pyramid: https://youtu.be/0KbA8pFW3tg
- How do I tell if I have an eating disorder?