Bullied kids face greater risk of stress, heart disease
Children who are bullied may experience health effects that last all their lives. This includes problems like chronic stress, increased risk for heart disease and diabetes in adulthood, says new research.
The negative health effects highlight the urgent need to look at long-term health implications of childhood bullying.
The researchers said that child health professionals must look at both the mental and physical health effects of bullying.
Severe stress can lead to changes in inflammatory, hormonal, and metabolic responses. These can lead to depression, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as mental health disorders.