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I received this question for Dr. Connie: I was bullied and I hate the way it made me feel. I attended a group exercise class and was verbally bullied in front of everyone by another girl in the class. She made very mean remarks about my weight and why I was even there. Please, tell me, how do I handle these bullies? Don’t go anywhere because Dr. Connie's back! Psychologist Dr. Connie Stapleton, who specializes in bariatric surgery is here to tell you how to handle a bully.
Hi, I’m registered dietitian nutritionist Dr. Susan Mitchell. You’re listening to the Bariatric Surgery Success podcast episode number 64. Most of my career I’ve worked in some type of media, particularly radio where I did morning drive nutrition spots for over 18 years. That’s what lead me to start podcasting and ultimately to you. I created Bariatric Surgery Success to provide you with life-changing information based on science along with simple strategies and tools to help you be successful in your transformation and your entire journey. So happy you’ve connected with me. You’re in the right place and I’m glad you’re listening.
Joining me today via Skype is Atlanta-based psychologist Dr. Connie Stapleton. If you’ve been lucky enough to already hear Dr. Connie on the podcast, you know she has vast experience in the field of bariatrics and shares practical skills for improving your post op relationships with food, other people and most importantly your relationship with yourself. She teaches you better ways to deal with life’s stuff. This week she’s taking on the bullies.
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S: Welcome back to the podcast, Dr. Connie!
S: You heard the question at the beginning about the woman who attended a group exercise class and was verbally bullied in front of everyone by another girl in the class. She made mean remarks about her weight and why this person even showed up. Today I want to dig deep on bullying as it’s a big problem for anyone dealing with weight issues.
Questions we discuss. One of the best episodes yet with spot on information and strategies.
1. Dr. Connie, what makes someone bully another person whether it’s over weight or any issue?
2. When you’re bullied in a public venue, like this exercise class, how do you handle it?
3. What about when you’re cyber bullied?
4. Bullying also happens one on one. How do you stop it?
5. How do you personally cope, heal and then move forward from being bullied?
Dr Connie, such good information. Any last thought to leave us with?
I hope today’s episode has given you insight, knowledge and strategies to handle any bully you may encounter. If you have more questions you want Dr. Connie to answer the next time she’s here, please contact me thru my website. You can also messenger me thru Facebook or reply to one of my newsletters. I read every email that comes in. Take care of you. You’re worth it!