Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System discovered a link between teenage obesity and unplanned pregnancies. Study lead author Tammy Chang expressed the importance of identifying factors that heighten the risk of unwanted pregnancies in adolescents. “Our findings suggest that obesity may be an important factor associated with adolescent women’s sexual behavior,” Chang said in a news release.
The study looked into roughly 900 adolescent women between 18 and 19 years old who were asked about their sexual practices and assessed for their weight. According to the results of the study, obese teenagers have a higher tendency to get pregnant before reaching adulthood.
The researchers believe that their study is a very important tool to understand why teenage pregnancy is on the rise. “Reducing adolescent pregnancy is a national public health priority and we need to understand which adolescents are at higher risk of pregnancy,” Change said. In addition, obesity needs to be investigated due to its impact on bearing children. “Understanding sexual behaviors by weight status among adolescents is critical because of the risk of dangerous outcomes for moms and babies associated with obesity,” the study lead author added.
Complete details of the study were published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
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