Obesity makes teens prone to at-risk behavior

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Being an obese teenager can be a double whammy in terms of high-risk behavior.

The expectation would be that obese teenagers would not engage in as much risky behavior because of social isolation, but a study in the journal "Pediatrics" says obese teens are as prone to using alcohol or drugs, having high-risk sex, or contemplating suicide as teens at a healthy weight.

The study says obese teens may actually combine these behaviors in more dangerous ways, including a greater propensity to smoke.

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