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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… 

  • heart disease
  • diabetes 
  • obesity 
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol

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. 

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A new study conducted by the University of Surrey suggests that messages contained in men’s magazines sound more like those coming out of the mouths of convicted rapists, than solid, lady-friendly man-advice.

The study took quotes from several men’s magazines and combined them with quotes from convicted rapists. They showed the list to participants and asked them to identify which were which. Not only could they NOT identify the quote sources reliably, but many were more inclined to agree with the statements made by rapists AND most found the quotes from the men’s magazines more derogatory in nature.

What’s terrifying to me, is that many of the messages or “quotes” they used are similar to those you’d hear in cases of victim blaming (in instances of rape, blaming the victim for ‘asking’ for it, instead of focusing on the acts of the rapist). Victim blaming is one of the reasons most (MOST) women don’t report their rapes, or feel hesitant talking to friends and family. And it’s not just men who mirror these sentiments… they’re used by women too.

Really, truly, scary stuff.

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Even shrimp need to get in their cardio!

You may have seen this infamous crustacean ‘sweat’ it out via viral video, but as cute as he is, his situation is not without some controversy.

The study, conducted by researchers at Pacific University and College of Charleston, was heavily criticized during debates focused on the federal deficit and wasteful spending in 2011. The $500,000 in funds allocated to this study (and others) has been called into question, especially at this sensitive economic time. 

While politicians & lawmakers blasted the money spent on the study, they neglected to consider what it was for. This study (and others like it) do have their place and are useful.

The treadmill study is essentially a stress test for shrimp & other marine life, to see how they react to pollution, lack of oxygen & other contaminants (hello BP oil!). The sicker and more exposed they are to these factors, the less chance they have at survival; something that will affect the fishing industry, the food chain & all ocean life. The findings may help seafood to survive in different conditions and save a lot of marine life. It could also have implications for humans who are exposed to the same pollutants.

As is the case with many studies we don’t fully understand, there’s more to science than just a bottom line. The benefits of scientific research are often unexpected, and while it might seem weird to spend so much on shrimp, the payoff could be massive for all walks of life.

So….what are your thoughts on ‘Shrimp on a Treadmill’?


A recent study from Journal of Applied of Psychology has some interesting findings. They’ve drawn a correlation between weight & pay: overweight men tend to make more money than underweight or average men. The opposite was shown for women; those who were 25lbs overweight or more were shown to make less money than their thinner or average counterparts. See video below.

Here’s the thing… I’m not sure that we can draw a cause & effect from this. There are a lot of factors that haven’t been considered like socio-economic status (lower incomes have been linked to obesity), education levels (a higher education has been linked to lower rates of obesity AND higher paying jobs) and access to resources (higher paying jobs tend to have wellness programs, or those with higher paying jobs can afford trainers & other tools). Not only that, but the kind of job you have can greatly affect your weight, how you feel about your job can affect your weight and more. Basically, I’m saying that the findings may not be accurate; there could be much, MUCH more to this than what’s making the headlines.

No matter what, hard work, opportunity & a great personality will ALWAYS trump your weight when it comes to working your way up the ladder. The only one who can stop you is you.

I’m not sure where I stand, but what do you think loves? Does weight affect pay or is it all a bunch of poop? Sound off in the comments!

Answer: Nope. But it sure as hell helps. 

I hear a lot of people complain about their circumstances, and what they can & can’t afford when it comes to getting fit & healthy. I agree, money DOES make it a little easier. But at the end of the day, you don’t need a gym, classes or special equipment to make the changes you want. All you need is drive… and kick ass FREE resources like Fit Villains & Blogilates. :)

Still, it’s important to consider how socio-economics plays a role in overall health & health education everywhere. Knowing this information helps develop programs, target audiences appropriately, and get more resources to the groups that need them most. It all starts with a small step.

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