I should probably start by saying this isn’t a post in defense of plastic surgery. Or anti-plastic surgery. This is a post about body love: something I feel passionately about and something everyone deserves. With or without implants.
Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions on plastic surgery: it’s a highly personal choice and not for everyone. While I do believe it’s gotten excessive (understatement), I believe the best way to address it is by pumping out some body love. I’m hoping that by posting reminders to love ourselves as we are, accept our “flaws” (though I don’t like that word) and focus on our health and happiness, that future versions of ourselves won’t feel as much pressure to “perfect” themselves through surgical procedures.
We already know that bullying at a young age can lead to self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression and even self-harm. But a new study has just confirmed that on top of the psychological problems associated with being bullied, physiological and health related disadvantages are also a cause for concern.
A Swedish study followed almost 900 students in the country from age 16 until they were 43. They found overall that those who had a harder time socially in school—being bullied, left out, or even choosing to be isolated—had the highest risk of suffering from poor health by the time they were in their early 40s.
Girls who’d been bullied, regardless of socioeconomic status, and other factors, were more likely to develop…
Kinda scary! While researchers are still looking for a direct link/cause, stress and anxiety MAY play a role. (Yet more evidence that stress can literally kill someone).
You might think it would require severe bullying or trauma to have that kind of long-lasting impact on someone, but, in fact, it did not. They found that it wasn’t only the kids who were mercilessly bullied or victimized that suffered the health effects in middle age. Even those who experienced social isolation to a lesser degree saw health effects later, although the stronger their suffering as a teen, generally the worse their health was as an adult.
The study also showed that the health risks were slightly higher in girls than in boys, though it’s unclear why. It was safe to say that regardless of gender, bullying seemed to have long lasting mental AND physical effects on children and adults.