Study Finds Health Benefits of Bullying

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/16 2014 11:09AM

Updated 05/16 2014 11:10AM

Bullying is a national problem and one that some of our nation's kids have unfortunately learned about the hard way. We've long heard that the emotional effects of bullying can last with kids long after, but a new study suggests it may also affect health in a surprising way.

This new study is so fascinating because it shows health problems can show up in those bullied long after the incident, but interestingly enough, the new study also shows that bullying may make the bully healthier.

The study was just published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers found that those who bullied saw a health boost that lasted long into adulthood.

People who were bullies showed lower levels of something called c-reactive protein, which is a marker for inflammation and could mean a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease.

The researchers say this shows the powerful role that social status and bullying can have in the health of a child and they say the results suggest that their role in bullying can either become a risk or protective health factor.

Of course, no one's advocating that children start bullying to reap these health benefits later but the researchers say it is certainly an interesting connection.

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