Teenage girls base weight-loss goals on school peers

03/16/2010 | Health Behavior News Service

A review of data from roughly 4,000 adolescent girls in the U.S. found many teens look to their school peers for ideas about body image and weight. Teenage girls in schools with a higher average female body mass index were less likely to report trying to lose weight, whereas average-weight girls were more likely to report trying to lose weight if their school had a higher number of underweight girls, researchers found.

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