Bullying Can Make Teens Susceptible to Eating Disorders - Page 2
It is not the first time that the issue of peer pressure in public schools has been brought up as a possible factor. Earlier this month, professor Carrie Paechter revealed to the Times Educational Supplement that girls in these institutions can often fall prey to influences from their classmates, as well as the stress to look a certain way while performing well in their academic and extra-curricular activities. As a result, many end up suffering from eating disorders.
Another respondent to the Beat survey spoke of how bullying damaged her self-esteem and her social confidence. As a result, she ended up developing anorexia, a disease that still affects her even today. "Anorexia became my friend - it gave me comfort and separated me from the scary world of socializing - I didn't have anything else on my mind. I am now recovering but am still exceptionally controlled and rigid around mealtimes," she admitted. Bullying may not therefore be the direct cause of eating disorders, but as a significant factor it cannot be ignored.