A teenage girl's weight, or perception of her weight, may affect her odds of risky sexual behavior, a new study suggests. The study, of nearly 7, U. The same was true of girls who viewed themselves as overweight — accurately or not — when compared with girls who perceived themselves as normal-weight. The findings, researchers report in the journal Pediatrics, "add to a growing body of literature that girls at the weight extremes may be at increased risk for engaging in sexual risk-taking behaviors. Exactly why this is the case is not fully clear. And the current study found that the question becomes more complicated when race is considered — with weight and perceptions of weight having different effects on white, black and Latina girls' sexual behavior. For the study, researchers led by Dr. Aletha Yvette Akers, of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, used data from a government health survey that included 7, high school girls. The girls were asked about, among other things, their sexual behavior, actual weight and height, and whether they perceived themselves as overweight, too thin or "about right. Overall, half of the girls said they had ever had sex, and actual body weight showed no influence over those odds.
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Adolescent obesity and its implications for sexual health
The relationship between weight and sexual behavior among adolescents is poorly understood. In this descriptive study, we examined the relationship between three weight indices and six sexual behaviors in a nationally representative sample of high school girls. We performed a cross-sectional analysis of self-reported data from 7, high school girls who completed the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey. In the regression analysis, there were no differences in the likelihood of ever having sex based on BMI or weight perception accuracy; however, girls who perceived themselves as overweight were less likely to have ever had sex. Among sexually-active girls, those with low BMI, who perceived themselves as overweight or with overweight misperceptions were less likely to report condom use at last sex. Sexually active girls who perceived themselves as overweight were also more likely to have had sex before age This suggests girls at weight extremes and those from different racial backgrounds may have unique sexual health education and prevention needs. Nearly half of high school students report having ever had sexual intercourse. This descriptive study explores the relationship between three self-reported weight indices and six sexual behaviors in a nationally representative sample of high school girls.
October 29, A University of Pittsburgh study sheds new light on the relationship between race, body weight and sexual behavior among adolescent girls. The results suggest that a girl's ethnicity and her actual weight or perception of her weight may play a role in her participation in risky sexual behaviors. The study results are published in the November issue of Pediatrics , now available online. The study, conducted by Aletha Akers, M. Knowing how a girl perceives her weight may be just as important as knowing her actual weight," noted Dr.