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Cliques Determine How Teenage Girls Think About Weight

According to a new study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the peer groups teenage girls identify with influences how they think about weight. Among the group of 236 girls between 13 and 18 who were surveyed, those who identified with athletic peers, aka jocks, weren’t very concerned about their weight; burnouts believed their peers valued thinness; girls who didn’t belong to any particular group were most likely to use “slimming strategies”; and, perhaps most surprisingly, girls who identified with non-conformist peers were more likely to be actively trying to lose weight. We thought “non-conformist” meant you didn’t care about society’s standards, including those concerning weight. Maybe they’re worried about fitting into their skinny jeans? [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »

Prom Crosses The Pond

Here’s a switch: there’s an American teen invasion in Britain. High schoolers in the U.K. who see movies like Napoleon Dynamite and Mean Girls want proms of their very own. Over the past few years Hummer limos, tuxedo rentals, and candy-colored ball gowns have been selling/renting like hot cakes across the country. Really, of all our American traditions — baseball, putting cheese on everything, driving on the right side of the road — why, oh why, did they pick this one? To the senior class of the U.K., let The Frisky save you $1000 bucks and some emotional scarring — forget the frills, kids. Stay home, buy a six-pack, crank up the radio, and invite your date over. The best things about prom night are free. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Diabetes And Pregnancy, Having What You Want, And Teens And Sex Ed

  • More women are entering their reproductive years with diabetes, and pre-existing diabetes is more likely to lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, and babies with birth defects due to elevated blood sugar during the first trimester. Amelia, this means you need to lay off the leftover Peeps. [Ivanhoe]
  • Research published in Psychological Science suggests that people who want what they have tend to be happier than those who want less of what they have. People who have more of what they want tend to be happier than those who have less of what they want. Who’s on first? [Newswise]
  • Teenagers from Healthy Teens Connecticut rallied with HIV/AIDS advocates at the state capitol, calling on lawmakers to pass a bill that would provide money for sex education. [Medical News Today]
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    Kids Who Have Sex Young Don’t Use Much Contraception

    We could never figure out why Jamie Lynn Spears didn’t just go on birth control when she decided to start having sex. Yes, it’s totally possible that she was on the pill and didn’t take as directed — eight out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t follow the instructions — but a survey by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency in Ireland found that first sex among adolescents was linked to low use of contraception (and high levels of regret). [The Press Association, U.K.] Keep reading »

    STD Prevention Factoid!

    Drinking a cap-full of bleach will not stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It will, however, turn your insides into mulch. Guess they didn’t teach teens in Florida that in abstinence education class. [ABC Action News] Keep reading »

    Aspiring To Be Miss Bimbo

    Most kids know more about the internet than their parents and grandparents, which is why it scares us that there are sites like Miss Bimbo out there targeting our little girls. The interactive game lets you “become the hottest, coolest most famous bimbo ever!” Because Paris Hilton doesn’t already have that job covered? Okay. Users work to “become a socialite and skyrocket to the top of fame and popularity”, flirt with “that famous hottie you’ve had your eye on”, and can even “resort to meds or plastic surgery. Stop at nothing to become the reigning bimbo!” One of the site editors says that the game, which is marketed to tweens and teens, has some very valuable messages to send. “If they eat too much chocolate in the game it is bad for their bimbos’ bodies and their happiness levels compared to if they eat fruit and vegetables, which reinforces positive healthy eating messages.”

    Okay, so we’re not entirely sure that this isn’t some hugely ironic parody site, but in a world filled with Bratz dolls and tween thongs, there’s a solid chance it’s for real. Besides, we doubt the little 10-year old we babysit would be able to tell the difference. [Guardian U.K via Feministing] Keep reading »

    High School Confidential Is Going To, Like, Rule

    I’m so excited about watching High School Confidential tonight, the new WE TV series that premiered last night (hence, it’s chillin’ in my Tivo lineup) that follows a group of high school girls as they tackle issues with sex, drugs, body image, etcetera. Like Lauren G., who’s battling a brain tumor; or Cate, the anorexic wrist cutter. So far the reviews have been mixed, with the New York Times saying, “Most of the episodes follow two subjects and end with their forced, pat self-appraisals.” The Washington Post snaps, “Somehow, even after following these girls from ninth through 12th grade, Confidential manages to make their stories boring.” Whatever. This show is going to be like a bunch of Lifetime movies wrapped into one (Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? meets She’s Too Young!), only with real girls. In the clip above, Kim discusses why intimacy shouldn’t include second or third base because “they’re pointless.” Oh, how young… [WE: High School Confidential] Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: Contraceptives, Peaking Early, And Fake Blood

  • Teens are more likely to use contraceptives if they’re in a romantic relationship with their partner than if it’s a casual thing. This may seem illogical, but not many of the actions performed under the influence of teenage hormones make any sense. [Washington Post]
  • Some Asian women in Britain who have been sexually active are faking their virginity by lying, having their hymen restored through surgery, or using a few drops of joke shop blood. [BBC]
  • The Durex Sexual Wellbeing Survey of 26,000 people around the world found that 60 percent of those surveyed said sex is an enjoyable, vital part of life; however, only 44 percent said they were satisfied with their sex lives. Frequency of sex and sexual satisfaction peaks between ages 20 and 34, so get it while it’s hot! [UPI]
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    Parking: Too Pricey A Tradition For Teens

    Since Ford invented the Model A, teens in need of privacy have been getting in their cars to get frisky. From lookout points to parking lots, nearly everyone has a story of laying out in the backseat. Cruisin’ around in your car is an American tradition, like baseball or apple pie; It’s an iconic symbol of freedom in teen genre movies from America Graffiti to Superbad. However, many teens are passing up this rite of passage. According to the Federal Highway Administration, while 43.8% of sweet sixteen year olds were licensed in 1998, a mere 29.8% are today. Although some states have raised the legal driving age, most public schools have dropped Drivers Ed from their curricula. Faced with high insurance rates and pricey private lessons, students might still be flipping burgers well into their 70′s to pay for the privilege of driving legally. This is a national economic crisis that is bleeding into our poor teens’ social lives! The price of getting felt up has gone too far! [New York Times] Keep reading »

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