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Bullying in childhood may be linked to heart disease risk, study says

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2738 (Published 20 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2738
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Children who were bullied become adults who are more likely to be overweight and to show raised concentrations of inflammatory factors in their bloodstream that put them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, a study indicates.1

The findings come from the long term follow-up of more than 7000 children who were enlisted into a cohort study of all children born in England, Scotland, and Wales in a single week in 1958. Information on whether they were bullied by other children was collected from interviews with their parents when the children were aged 7 and 11 years. Biochemical markers, obesity, body mass index, and hip to waist ratio were recorded when …

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