Effects of Overweight on Risky Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Girls
Susan L. Averett
Lafayette College - Department of Economics & Business
Rider University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Nancy E. Reichman
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
NBER Working Paper No. w16172
We use data from The National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health to estimate effects of adolescent girls' overweight on their propensity to engage in risky sexual behavior. We estimate single equation, two-stage, and sibling fixed-effects models and find that overweight or obese teenage girls are more likely than their recommended-weight peers to engage in certain types of risky sexual behavior but not others. The results from this study underscore the importance of using multifaceted and contemporary measures of risky sexual behavior and have implications for the health and well-being of adolescent girls.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35working papers series
Date posted: July 12, 2010
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