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Obese Teen Girls Have Riskier Sex, Says Study

Did Weight Affect Your "Risky" Teen Behavior?

A study that looked at obese vs. normal-weight teens and their "high-risk" behavior (i.e. drinking, sex, smoking, drugs, and suicide tendencies) found weight didn't drastically affect the likelihood teens took part in these activities. The researchers were surprised with these results because they thought obese teens would take fewer risks than their peers due to being stigmatized and isolated, which I'm guessing they equated to less partying.

I also wonder if the researchers were expecting obese teens, especially girls, to feel too self-conscious to engage in sexual activity, which wasn't really the case since the numbers were pretty similar — 32 percent of obese girls have had sex compared to 46 percent of normal-weight girls. What I find most disturbing from this research is that obese girls are riskier with their sexual encounters, having sex before age 13 (seven percent compared to three percent), drinking alcohol or using drugs before sex (42 compared to 17), and not using condoms (54 compared to 42).

When you were a teenager, did your weight affect the choices you made in these areas? Share your stories in the comments.

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