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Sexual fluidity and BMI, obesity, and physical activity

Fricke, J; Sironi, M; (2020) Sexual fluidity and BMI, obesity, and physical activity. SSM Population Health , 11 , Article 100620. 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100620. Green open access

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Abstract

Analyzing reported changes in sexual identity over time is necessary for understanding young adult health risks. Utilizing waves 3 and 4 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, this paper studies the relationships between sexual identity changes and BMI, obesity, and physical activity among young adults in the U.S (N = 11,349). The results show that men who report a change toward a more homosexual identity have a significantly lower BMI and participate in more physical activity, while men who report a change toward a more heterosexual identity participate in less physical activity and have a higher BMI compared to those who did not report a change. For women, a change toward a more homosexual identity is significantly associated with more physical activity and lower odds of being obese compared to no change. The results suggest that specific sexual identity changes may also be linked to improvements in health.

Type: Article
Title: Sexual fluidity and BMI, obesity, and physical activity
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100620
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100620
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: BMI, Fluidity, Obesity, Physical activity, Sexual identity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10105545
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