Those Bullied at School Experience More Health Problems as Adults
June 28, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
One study released on the heels of HRC’s groundbreaking LGBT youth survey shows that students who are bullied at school suffer long after the harassment ends and are more likely to suffer from health complications like heart disease and diabetes in middle age.
According to the Swedish study, people who experience bullying as youth are more likely to struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity by their early 40s. These health effects appeared to be much stronger for females than males.
This study highlights again why we must put an end to bullying and harassment - something HRC President Chad Griffin has made a top priority to improve the lives of LGBT youth.
LGBT youth are more than two times as likely as non-LGBT youth to say they have been verbally harassed and called names at school, according to HRC’s survey, “Growing Up LGBT in America.”
We must continue to eradicate homophobic and transphobic vitriol – especially when it comes from our community leaders and elected officials. It means improving conditions in schools so students always feel safe and welcome. It means ensuring service providers who interact with youth on a daily basis have the cultural competency training necessary to effectively engage with LGBT youth. It means not letting up in our battle for full equality so that LGBT youth see we are deserving of the same dignity, protections, and respect as all other Americans.
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