Obese teen girls three times more likely to be bullies than their slimmer peers
If your image of a mean girl is a toothpick thin high schooler, it’s time to think again.
A new study from Queen’s University has found obese teenage girls are three times more likely to be bullies than the slimmer girls in their class — a finding that highlights the very cyclical nature of bullying.
The study asked 1,738 students in 16 Ontario schools to share their height and weight information and answer questions about their experiences with bullying.
The researchers found that boys were twice as likely to be victims of physical bullying than their slimmer peers — a surprise to study co-author Atif Kukaswadia because they had hypothesized that physical size could help boys defend themselves. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images files)