"Jessica's Agony.Bullied for Her Weight," a magazine cover blares in big, bold letters.
However, for singer Jessica Simpson, being bullied is not a new thing. Bullies taunted her while in high school too. "I would walk down the school halls and hear people talking about me," Simpson said. "Some would throw toilet paper at my house or throw eggs at my door... They really hated me."
Of course, she's not the only one to suffer attacks from bullies. Teen mega-stars Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift both became the victims of bullies at school. Bullies taunt, ridicule, push, beat, and shun unmercifully their targets. Thousands upon thousands of children and teenagers dread going to school because of the bullies who await them --but it's not only kids who are tormented. Adults also encounter bullies.
Barbara Coloroso, author of "The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander," points out that bullying is about neither conflict nor anger. "It is about contempt -- a powerful feeling of dislike toward somebody considered worthless, inferior, or undeserving of respect.Contempt comes packaged with three apparent psychological advantages: a sense of entitlement, a liberty to exclude, and intolerance toward difference."
And it is a fallacy that it is just a part of growing up or something to be expected in childhood to ride out. Anxiety, depression and sometimes even suicide can be the consequences of this common but painful and possibly psychologically damaging occurrence.
Big, tough girls locked Miley Cyrus in a Tennessee high school restroom, she reveals in her newly released memoir, "Miles to Go." "I was scrawny and short.They shoved me in," she writes. "I was trapped. I banged on the door until my fists hurt. Nobody came. I spent what felt like an hour in there, waiting for someone to rescue me."
"A lot of girls thought I was weird," Taylor Swift says about her high school experience. "Actually, the word they liked to use was annoying. I'd sit at their lunch table and they'd move to a different one."
While girls often use shunning, rumors or relational bullying, boys commonly use physical threats and violence. "Batman Begins" star Christian Bale says, as a 13-year-old, boys started picking on him when he appeared in a Steven Spielberg film. "Girls were all over me but the boys just wanted to fight me."