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Pressure to be thin contributes to weight gain in adolescents

Pressure to be thin contributes to weight gain in adolescents
December 9, 2016

Adolescents with overweight or obesity who report pressure to be thin from parents and friends are more likely to increase their BMI and fat mass compared with adolescents who are lean, study data show.

Lauren B. Shomaker, PhD, assistant professor of human development and family studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and colleagues evaluated 196 healthy adolescents (mean age, 15 years; 65% girls) with varying weights (mean BMI, 25 kg/m2) to determine whether pressure to be thin is associated with fat and weight gain. Follow-up was conducted for 1 year.

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