Are You Being Bullied or Teased Because of Your Weight?
Here is a list of the types of bullying experiences that some people go through. Have you ever experienced any of these?
- Being made fun of
- Being called names
- Getting comments about your weight or appearance
- Receiving harassing phone calls, emails, or text messages
- Receiving verbal threats
- Having rumors spread about you
- Being excluded from school or social activities
- Being ignored
- Being humiliated in public
- Being pushed, tripped, or elbowed
- Being physically assaulted
- Being spit on
- Having your property stolen of damaged
If you are experiencing anything like this because of your weight, remember that it’s not your fault, you’re not alone, you don’t deserve it, and there is something you can do about it.
Weight bullying or teasing happens to a lot of people in many different places – in school, at home, and even between friends. Just because it happens a lot doesn’t mean it’s right. In fact, weight-related bullying is wrong. Being teased or bullied because of your weight is just as wrong as being made fun of because of your race, gender, or religion.
Why do people bully about weight?
There are a lot of reasons why some people bully. They may see it as a way of being popular, or making themselves look in-charge and confident. Some bullies do it to get attention or to put on a show for others. They may also be a victim of being bullied themselves, and bullying others makes them feel powerful. Bullies can often be insecure, but they will never let anyone see it. Bullies often don’t even think about how it makes their victims feel or understand how wrong their behavior is.
People sometimes make mean comments about weight if they believe that being overweight is a person’s fault. In reality, being overweight is caused by a lot of factors that you can’t always control. The foods you eat and the activities you do are only a part of what makes up your weight.
No matter why people bully about weight, remember that it’s not your fault and you don’t deserve to be treated that way!
Reprinted with the permission of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University
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