ASU Research: Overweight Teenagers Have Fewer Friends

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Tony Alter


Researchers at Arizona State University found in a study of teenagers that overweight teens had an average of one fewer friend than non-overweight teens.

Additionally, when the kids were asked to make a list of their closest friends, non-overweight teens chose more non-overweight friends, whereas overweight kids weren't as discriminatory on weight in the selection of their closest friends.

As you can see in the video from ASU's video department below, ASU associate professors David Schaefer says it appears that overweight seem to seek the friendship of non-overweight kids, but sometimes get "rebuffed" doing so.



"Nonoverweight youths were 30% more likely to select a nonoverweight friend than an overweight friend, whereas overweight youths were largely indifferent to the weight status of their friends," the research paper's abstract says. "Friendship ties from overweight youths to nonoverweight peers were more likely than ties in the reverse direction."

The paper, "Using Social Network Analysis to Clarify the Role of Obesity in Selection of Adolescent Friends," was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

In addition to this study, other ASU researchers are also researching how weight problems effect relationships among college freshmen.

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26 comments
Cami Calm
Cami Calm

It bothers me that people spend time researching bs like this instead of investing time in changing the way fat people are treated. It should be just as illegal to discriminate against fat people for hiring practices etc as it is for anyone else but it's still perfectly acceptable. But instead let's research the outcome of this allowed prejudice. The outcome is that children are taught that fat is bad. Children are an outcome of the society they live in. Let's stop discriminating and then maybe we won't have a friendship gap.

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

You want to know how to fix the obesity problem? Keep your Goddamned Pie Hole shut!!!!

Ken Blunk
Ken Blunk

Thanks captain obvious. What would we do without you?

Chad West
Chad West

Oh really? Sweet research bro. Thanks ASU.

Karen Sheryl Javier
Karen Sheryl Javier

People like you are mentally sick no doubt your kids have same way of thinking ...bad influence..... Thats okay if my son has few friends rather than lots of friends and most of them are bad influence then I will get worried.

Marcie Wason
Marcie Wason

Wow James Holmes and Manni Jimenez, I don't think this is funny. You two are were either kids that contributed to the problem or were kids that were marginalized and are an example of how the affects of marginalization last beyond our younger years.

Hotch75
Hotch75

And in related breaking news the Sky is blue, water is wet and fire burns.

Hotch75
Hotch75

And in related breaking news the Sky is blue, water is wet and fire burns. Sounds like ASU wasted some funding

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Fat ain't fun!  Simple as that.


By the way Matthew, if the article is supposed to be about fat teenagers, why show a couple of fat older people?  I would put your two porky posers in the picture at about 40.   

Alex Johns
Alex Johns

Their best friends: Ps2, Ps3, Xbox

James Holmes
James Holmes

Yeah, just a reminder... no one likes you fatty! Nice.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

So this is why I never had a girlfriend! Or was there some other reason?

Ian Wolf Russell
Ian Wolf Russell

It takes a research team to figure this one out??? Oye vey

Jr Labrada
Jr Labrada

Of Course, its a Fact since the 80s Movies!!

Ponder
Ponder

Michael Crow's ASU representing! Great work Devils! I can't wait to witness the next ASU breakthrough!

shadeaux
shadeaux

Who was in charge of this study...........Dr. Obvious?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Here's the difference CC, if you're fat, you can do something about it.  

Quit eating so much, quit feeling sorry for yourself and get a little exercise and quit blaming others.


You're FAT, you made yourself that way, fix it or shut the fuck up.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Fat and ignorant, huh Kar?   

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