Bullying is a major problem across the country and the emotional scars can last with children long after the bullying stops.
However, a new study suggests it may also affect health in a surprising way.
The new study shows health problems can show up in those bullied long after the incident.
However, it also shows that bullying may make the bully healthier.
The study was just published in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
Researchers found that those who bullied others 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 their role in bullying can either become a risk or protective health factor.