Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning adolescents are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, are obese and have less physical activity and more sedentary activity than heterosexual adolescents, as evidenced by a study from Northwestern University Medicine.
The researchers used national data from 350,673 US high school students, mostly between the ages of 14 and 18, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to discover disparities in diabetes risk factors through sexual orientation.
The study found that students with sexual minority and interrogation were less likely to be physically active than heterosexual students. They reported about one day less physical activity per day and a 38 to 53 percent lower chance of meeting physical activity guidelines than heterosexual students.
The number of sedentary activities among bisexual and questioning students was higher than among heterosexual students. with an average of 30 minutes more per school day than heterosexual counterparts.
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"Many of these adolescents could participate in sedentary activities such as video games to escape the daily stress of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning," said lead study author Lauren Beach, a postdoctoral fellow at the NU Institute for Sexual and Gender Health and Health well-being.
"Our results show that minority stress actually has a very broad-range and physical impact."
Cultural and environmental factors may also play a role.
Teachers, parents and physicians should work together to make sure these teens have the tools they need to stay healthy, Strand said.
Family Support and Identification: The development of positive feelings and a strong attachment to a group have been consistently associated with better health for LGBQ adolescents.
The study was published in the journal Pediatric Diabetes.  Source: IANS
Published: 29. July 2018 10:26