Study finds high rates of weight-based bullying among LGBTQ adolescents

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): It is no secret that adolescents who identify as LGBTQ often face victimisation and bullying because of their sexual and/or gender identity. A recent study suggests that high percentages of LGBTQ youth are also teased and bullied because of their body weight. The study, published in Pediatric Obesity has suggested that across sexual identities, 44-70 per cent of LGBTQ teens reported weight-based teasing from family members, 41-57 per cent reported weight-based teasing from peers, and as many as 44 per cent reported weight-based teasing from both family members and peers. Furthermore, approximately one in four teens reported these experiences at school, and body weight was the third most common reason that these adolescents indicated they were teased or treated badly (behind sexual orientation and gender identity). Adolescent obesity rates currently reach 20 per cent in the United States, and weight-based victimisation has become a widespread form of mistreatment experienced by youth. This victimization has harmful health consequences, including increased risk for depression, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, poor body image, disordered eating, harmful weight control behaviors, and lower levels of physical activity. Although there is mounting evidence of weight-based victimisation in youth, there has been little attention to this issue in LGBTQ adolescents, despite their high prevalence of overweight and obesity and increased risk for victimisation.

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