Be Real Campaign - More than half of young people bullied about their looks

More than half (55%) of young people have been bullied about the way they look, with two fifths of those experiencing this bullying at least once a week, new findings from youth charity YMCA revealed today.

Most of the bullying focuses on weight and body shape, with 60% of young people admitting they tried to change their appearance after being bullied and 24% said they reduced the amount they ate or went on a diet. In some cases the effect was more severe with one in ten of those being bullied about their looks having suicidal thoughts and 9% saying they self-harmed as a result.

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