Bullying and Eating Disorders by Lolly Wool, Therapist at Castlewood Treatment CentersBy Lolly Wool, Therapist Listening to a client give an account of being called horrible names, being beat up in a bathroom or getting text or Facebook messages with degrading names, is the proof that we cannot talk about eating disorders and without discussing bullying. Yes, there are statistics about the frequency bullying and its correlation to eating disorders, but I do not do what I do because of the statistics, I do it because of the faces and the clients that describe the injuries that tear them apart.
What is Bullying?One of the most important pieces to start with is to define bullying and the different types of bullying. According to stopbullying.gov bullying is defined as:
“Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.”