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Scientific Findings
Increased physical activity has a positive effect on self-perception in adolescents.

Stein C, Fisher L, Berkey C, Colditz G. Adolescent physical activity and perceived competence: does change in activity level impact self-perception? J Adolesc Health 2007; 40:462-70.

Participants who frequently ate dinner with their families were less likely to be overweight.

Taveras EM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Berkey CS, Rockett HR, Field AE, Frazier AL, Colditz GA, Gillman MW. Family dinner and adolescent overweight. Obesity Research 2005; 13:900-906.

Skipping breakfast associated with being overweight in children

Berkey CS, Rockett HR, Gillman MW, Field AE, Colditz GA. Longitudinal study of skipping breakfast and weight change in adolescents. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord 2003 (10): 1258-66.

Being breastfed may lower adolescent overweight risk.

Gillman MW, Rifas-Shiman SL, Camargo CA, Berkey CS, Frazier AL, Rockett HRH, Field AE, Colditz GA. Risk of overweight among adolescents who had been breast fed as infants. AMA 285 (19) 2001: 2461–2467.

Higher birth weight and gestational diabetes predict increased risk of being overweight in adolescence.

Gillman MW, Rifas-Shiman S, Berkey CS, Field AE, Colditz GA. Maternal diabetes, birth weight, and adolescent obesity. Pediatrics 111 (3) 2003: 221–226

Girls born Sept.-Nov. more likely to develop disordered eating.

Javaras KN, Austin SB, Field AE. Season of birth and disordered eating in a population-based sample of young U.S. females. International Journal of Eating Disorders 2011 44(7):630-8.

Gender nonconformity indicates increased risk of abuse and PTSD.

Roberts AL, Rosario M, Corliss HL, Koenen KC, Austin SB. Childhood gender nonconformity: a risk of indicator for childhood abuse and posttramatic stress in youth. Pediatrics 2012 (3): 410-7.

Sexual minorities are at increased risk for pregnancy during adolescence.

Charlton BM, Corliss HL, Missmer SA, Rosario M, Spiegelman D, Austin SB. Sexual orientation differences in teen pregnancy and hormonal contraceptive use: an examination across 2 generations. Am J Obstet Gynceol 2013 209(3): 204.