Entries in High Risk Behavior (3)


Teens Who Sleep More Get into Less Trouble, Study Suggests

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Parents might hate it when their teens can't get out of bed -- particularly on a school day -- but a new study suggests they should be grateful for those extra Zs, because the more an adolescent sleeps, the less chance he or she has of getting into trouble.

The data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that teens who get fewer than eight hours of sleep are more inclined than their sleepier peers to drink alcohol, take drugs, get into fights and engage in sexual activity.

Furthermore, youngsters who are sleep-deprived are also more likely to use tobacco, sit around the house rather than exercise, and contemplate suicide.

About seven in 10 teens sleep fewer than eight hours a night, so the risk group is far bigger than high schoolers who get more shuteye.

The CDC also found that for some reason, teens who sleep more also tend to watch more TV.

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Homosexual Teens More Likely to Engage in Risky Behavior

Dynamic Graphics/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A high school student's sexual orientation may indicate whether or not the teenager is more likely to engage in risky behavior, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Analyzing data from students in grades nine through 12 between 2001 and 2009, researchers found that teens who reported being gay, lesbian, or bisexual were more likely than their heterosexual classmates to put themselves in harm's way, taking part in more than half of the 10 health risk categories the CDC measured.

Specifically, gay or lesbian students were more likely to engage in risky behaviors listed under seven of the 10 categories -- behaviors that contribute to violence, behaviors related to attempted suicide, tobacco use, alcohol use, other drug use, sexual behaviors, and weight management.

Bisexual students were also more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to engage in behaviors listed under the same seven categories as gay and lesbian students, with the addition of one category -- behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries.

"This report should be a wake-up call for families, schools and communities that we need to do a much better job of supporting these young people," said Howell Wechsler, director of the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health.  "Any effort to promote adolescent health and safety must take into account the additional stressors these youth experience because of their sexual orientation, such as stigma, discrimination, and victimization."´╗┐

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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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