Bullied girls suffer poorer health in middle age: Study
Updated 04:44 PM Jun 28, 2012
LONDON - Girls who are bullied at school or not liked by their peers suffer long after they have left, a study shows, as not fitting in can damage health decades later.
Researchers have discovered that teenagers who are ostracised at school are more likely to be at risk of developing heart disease and diabetes when they enter middle age.
They are more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as being at greater risk of developing diabetes by their early 40s, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Interestingly, girls appear much more susceptible to the ruthless social world of adolescence than boys, according to the Swedish study, which followed almost 900 students in the north of the country from 16 to 43.
The effects of peer problems during secondary school on middle-age health were much stronger in females than males, according to the study, published in the journal PLoS One.....