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Posted at: Jan 13, 2019, 7:40 AM; last updated: Jan 13, 2019, 7:40 AM (IST)

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Bullying, sexual abuse may trigger binge eating, smoking

People who have suffered 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, a new study has found.

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

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 bullying and/or sexual abuse,” said David Gonzalez-Chica from the varsity.

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