Link Between Bullying and Eating Disorders

During anti-bullying week, Norwich based charity Beat has been telling Heart about an increase in the link between bullying and eating disorders.

According to a 600 person survey conducted by the Beat well over half (65%) felt bullying had contributed to their eating disorder. This figure is a 41% increase on a similar survey carried out by the charity in 2009 which campaigns around raising self esteem and more detailed research into the link between eating disorders and bullying. 

The survey also found that almost half of the victims were less than 10 years old when the bullying started and many stated that the effects had stayed with them into their 40s and 50s. Only around 22% got any help to overcome their bullying.

20-year-old Sophie from Norwich was bullied from the age of 11. She says:  “It lowered my self esteem drastically, and just reinforced the thought that ‘being thin was better’, which just paved the way for my eating disorder in a year or so's time."

Hear More From Sophie

Beat Chief Executive Susan Ringwood commented:  'There is still a great deal of stigma and misunderstanding surrounding eating disorders and it should be remembered that even a thoughtless remark can contribute to a lifelong struggle.  Bullying undermines self confidence and lowers self esteem raising the risk of an eating disorder' which is a significant factor for too many people.  Beat is calling for detailed research into links with eating disorders 'to find a way to help people walk away from these experiences without any lasting effects.'

More information on Beat can be found at or on Twitter:

a11 Fully Dualled A11 Reopens

A multi-million pound investment to upgrade a vital transport link in the East of England came to fruition today as the new A11 dual carriageway was opened by the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: The Wind Down With Jenny Francis

10pm - 1am

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

The Wind Down With Jenny Francis

On TV: Olly Jolly Christmurs

12am - 1am

Watch heart TV

  • Now playing: Non-stop hit music

sky, david attenborough What To Watch With Sky

Discover this season's unmissable TV like David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies, and win Sky TV free for a year

Heart VIP



Spring Weather Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter