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Ctr Hlth Equity Rsrch Sem: Aletha Akers

Aletha Y. Akers, M.D. M.P.H.. Asst Professor, Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reprod Sciences and Asst Investigator, Magee Women’s Research Institute, Magee-Women’s Hospital will speak on: "Fat or Fabulous: Gender & Race Effects on Sexual Risk Taking among Obese and Non-Obese Adolescents"
When Oct 22, 2013
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where G074 Bondurant Hall
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Contact Phone 919.843.8271
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The prevalence of obesity among adolescents is more than 30%, which reflects a 6-fold increase over the past four decades. In addition to its negative effect on physical health, mounting evidence demonstrates that obesity adversely effects romantic relationship formation. Most notably, obesity has been associated with higher rates of engagement in sexual risk behaviors among adolescent females, with differences among racial groups. These differences may help to explain variations in rates of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among women and minority groups. This presentation will examine the literature linking obesity and sexual risk behaviors highlighting how gender and race-based beauty norms may account for these differences.