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Bullying and sexual abuse linked to binge eating, smoking

Sexual abuse and bullying are related to harmful behaviours like smoking dependence, binge eating, antidepressant use, and reduced quality of life, a recent study suggests.The research suggests that people who suffered from bullying or sexual abuse have a lower quality of life, similar to those living with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, depression or severe anxiety.These people are also far more likely to display harmful behaviours like smoking dependence and binge eating.The study, published in BMC Public Health, investigated around 3,000 South Australians who took part in face-to-face interviews using self-labelling questions to measure the age of onset and duration of bullying and sexual assault and their outcomes during home interviews.The study included participants of all ages, urban and rural settings and socioeconomic levels living in South Australia. In Australia, almost half of all adults have experienced bullying and 10 per cent have experienced some form .

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