One study showed that overweight children miss school more often than normal-weight kids. Obese children who are bullied often feel distressed and make excuses to avoid attending school, sometimes exhibiting hypochondriac symptoms. Increased absences lead to poorer grades. And as a result, of this pattern the child's self-esteem continues to spiral downward.
Kids who are bullied tend to avoid competitive environments, such as gyms and playgrounds. They may shy away from sports because they are embarrassed by how they look or may feel uninterested in physical activity. This can make it harder for the child to lose weight and sets up a dangerous situation for future health problems.
Teasing and bullying are linked with chronic dieting, poor body image, restrictive eating, binge eating and bulimic behaviors. Many children even attempt suicide as a result of harassment at school or in other social settings. A recent study showed that overweight children, even those who merely believed they were overweight, are at a greater risk for suicide attempts.