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Study: Obese Teens More Intense with Risky Behavior

Polka Dot/Jupiterimages(CINCINNATI) -- A new study has found that while obese high school students engage in high-risk behaviors as much as healthy weight students do, the obese students tend to do so in a more intense manner.

According to a study conducted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, obese students and healthy weight students engage in high-risk behaviors such as alcohol/drug use and risky sexual and suicidal behavior at the same rate, but the obese teens were found to be indulging in these practices more “intensely.”

Researchers say the findings were surprising, as they thought obese teens would be less involved in risky behaviors because of social isolation and stigma. Researchers also say that physicians shouldn't assume that obese teens don't need to be targeted for preventing risky behaviors.

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