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LGBQ Youth Less Likely to Take Physical Education

10/07/2011

A recent report produced by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) youth in the U.S. are less likely to take physical education classes at school, are more likely to fast, take dietary products or use laxatives to lose weight, and are at increased risk of obesity.

The 133 page Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) produced by the CDC’s Division of School and Adolescent Health (DASH), collated data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) of seven states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin) and six cities (Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, NYC, San Diego, San Francisco) from 2001-2009. See image for a summary of key statistics.

Recent research I conducted with colleagues here in the U.K. suggests that youth who are poor at sport and also those you who LGBQ are very likely to be the targets of bullies at school. This research will be presented at this year’s American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in Washington D.C. on the 6th August. Click on the image for a sneak preview of key findings.

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