Is bullying a significant public health problem? The answer is yes, according to a new analysis of studies.
Researchers looked at data from 30 studies that examined the association between peer victimization and health complaints in children and adolescents.
The results showed that bullied kids face a much higher risk for both mental and physical health problems often leading them to a negative outlook on life. Poor grades and low self-esteem were common in the participants who were picked on.
Their physical symptoms ranged from headaches to loss of appetite, stomach pain, sleep problems and bedwetting. Bullied kids were also found at least twice as likely to experience psychosomatic symptoms.
The researchers say it is extremely important for parents and physicians to be on the lookout for warning signs since these negative feelings and symptoms can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts.
Early detection and intervention can improve the health and well-being of bullied children.
I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that can help you stay healthy, happy, and fit.