Study Links Bullying To Eating Disorders

May 11, 2018 - 3:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The impact of bullying on teenagers cannot be talked about enough. Bullying during these formative years can lead to anxiety and have a dramatic impact on young adults. 

According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, psychiatry edition, bullying has a direct relationship with eating disorders. 

A study from Canada looked at 612 teenage boys and girls between 13 and 17 years old and found that there was a dramatic relationship between eating disorders and bullying. 

This study also looked at a very important issue. It had a subset of patients who already suffered from depression and eating disorders and looked at whether or not they were bullied more often. According to the study, there appears to be a relationship where depression can lead to the eating disorders and bullying, or the bullying can worsen the cycle of depression and eating disorders. 

The problem continues to worsen as the cycle continues.