No one should be bullied because of their weight. When someone teases you about your weight it’s not your fault, and there is something you can do about it.
Here are some tried and true tips for dealing with bullies.
- Usually bullies want to get a reaction out of you. One strategy is to ignore the bully. After a while it will be boring for them, and they will be more likely to leave you alone in the future.
- Be confident! Hold you head up and stand tall against your bully. When I was in middle school a bully tried picking on me. She said, “you know you have a big nose, right? Instead of cowering or walking away, I just smiled and said I have always really liked my nose.” That shocked her. She didn’t know what to say and never picked on me again. True story.
- Another strategy you can use is to talk to an adult you trust who can help you find a solution. Bullying needs to be taken seriously and sometimes the best solution is getting some help.
- If the person teasing you or making comments about your weight is a friend or family member, let them know that what they say doesn’t motivate you in a positive way and that it makes you feel bad about yourself.
Remember, you are a person who deserves to be treated with kindness. If you are struggling with seeing the positive parts of yourself, try making a list of your strengths and the things you think are cool about yourself. Focus on these when someone picks on you and spend time with people who support you and recognize how great you are.
From my perspective, bullies are often people who don’t feel good about themselves. Keep your head up and work on growing your talents, so you can be a positive force in this world. You will make it through.