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J Health Psychol. 2015 Apr;20(4):401-12. doi: 10.1177/1359105313502567. Epub 2013 Oct 22.

Weight- and race-based bullying: Health associations among urban adolescents.

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  • 1Yale School of Public Health, CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, USA
  • 2Yale School of Public Health, CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, USA.
  • 3Yale University, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, USA.
  • 4New Haven Public Schools, USA.


Stigma-based bullying is associated with negative mental and physical health outcomes. In a longitudinal study, surveys and physical assessments were conducted with mostly Black and Latino, socioeconomically disadvantaged, urban students. As hypothesized, greater weight- and race-based bullying each was significantly indirectly associated with increased blood pressure and body mass index, as well as decreased overall self-rated health across 2 years, through the mechanism of more negative emotional symptoms. Results support important avenues for future research on mechanisms and longitudinal associations of stigma-based bullying with health. Interventions are needed to reduce stigma-based bullying and buffer adolescents from adverse health effects.

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bullying; emotional symptoms; health; race; weight

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