Dealing With Bullies: Survival Skills
Expert tips for overweight teens on what to do about bullying.
Tips for Surviving Bullies
Here are some things you can do to help protect yourself when you are being bullied.
- Remind yourself that you don't deserve to be picked on. It's not your fault. Think about your good qualities, your friends and family who care about you, or your plan for becoming healthier and what you've already accomplished.
- Try not to show anger or fear. It lets the bully know he's getting to you, and that’s what he wants. Don't bully back. Put on your best poker face. Calmly tell the bully to stop and leave you alone, or say nothing, and walk away. (This may take some practice.) Eventually, if you don't respond to the bully, he may stop bothering you.
- Avoid places in school where there aren't many other people around. Don't be alone in the bathroom or locker room. Sit with friends at lunch, and walk to classes with friends or a teacher.
- Sit near the front of the bus, or walk to school a different way. Listen to music.
Remember, tell an adult you can trust about what's happening, too. They can deal with the bully in ways that you can't.
Although it may not feel like it, the bullying won't last forever. You will move on to other situations and places where people will appreciate you. Surrounding yourself with people who love you at any weight will help get you through this time.