Link Between Abnormal Weight and Substance Abuse

by Sheela Philomena on  November 17, 2011 at 12:38 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
Overweight and underweight teenagers consume 20 to 40% more illegal drugs than their normal-weight peers, show survey results.
 Link Between Abnormal Weight and Substance Abuse
Link Between Abnormal Weight and Substance Abuse

Further analysis showed that the relationship between these two factors was largely mediated by psychosocial factors such as self-esteem, parents' educational level, and friendships.

Based on these results, the authors conclude that abnormal weight and substance abuse are not directly related in a cause-effect relationship, but instead are likely both due to common underlying social factors and dissatisfaction.

"Eating disorders have largely increased during the last decades, and obesity is a major public-health problem, especially since the phenomenon is spreading among children. Thus we believe that the results are important to better define targeted interventions", says Dr. Sabrina Moinaro.

Source: Eurekalert

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