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Effects of Overweight on Risky Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Girls

Susan Averett, Hope Corman, Nancy Reichman

NBER Working Paper No. 16172
Issued in July 2010
NBER Program(s):   HE

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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w16172

Published: “ Effects of Overweight on Risky Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Girls,” (with Susa n Averett and Nancy Reichman), Economic Inquiry Vol. 51 No. 1 (January 2013) pp. 605 - 619.

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