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Bullying, sexual abuse may trigger binge eating, smoking

IANS  |  Sydney 

People who have suffered or sexual have a lower quality of life similar to those living with like heart disease, diabetes, or severe anxiety, a new study has found.

The findings, led by researchers, found that the victims of and sexual were three times more likely to be binge eaters than people who had never experienced these forms of

Anti-depressant use was up to four times more likely and smoking dependence was twice as frequent for such people.

They are also far more likely to display harmful behaviour like smoking dependence and had a reduced quality of life.

"If a doctor finds a patient with multiple harmful behaviours -- like smoking dependence and binge eating -- who is depressed and has a lower quality of life, they should consider exploring whether these patients were victims of and/or sexual abuse," said from the varsity.

"Identifying survivors of both forms of abuse is important to provide support and reduce more severe mental and physical consequences, such as suicide," Gonzalez-Chica added.

The study, published in BMC Public Health journal, investigated around 3,000 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.

While 60-70 per cent of these forms of abuse occurred in childhood or adolescence, they were associated with worse outcomes later in life.

If someone had two or more adverse outcomes (smoking dependence, binge eating, antidepressant use, and a lower quality of life) the probability they had suffered bullying and/or sexual abuse ranged between 60-85 per cent.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 14:30 IST
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