A newly published peer-reviewed study in the Pediatics Journal, which is the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, confirms, after studying over 4,000 adolescents in three different cities, and at different ages, that there is a strong association between "substantially" poorer mental and physical health and those children who have been subjected to bullying - particularly those who have suffered through ongoing bullying.
In fact, as compared to students who had not been bullied, of whom only 6.5% were in the lowest health bracket, those that experienced past and present bullying comprised over 44% of the lowest health bracket.
Those are scary numbers.
Not surprisingly, the study notes that children who have unusual characteristics, such as size, weight, appearance, or sexual orientation are more likely to be bullied than others.
There is a major limitation to this study, however:
It does not even suggest that there is - at least at this point - any scientific proof that bullying directly caused these children's health issues.