A new report from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) examines a large and diverse array of health behaviors of high school students classified by their sexual activity. It looks at varied things from bike helmet and seat belt use to substance abuse to diet and exercise. The two major conclusions from the report:
- The virginal students rate substantially and consistently better in nearly all health-related behaviors and measures than their peers who've been sexually active.
- Teens who have sexual contact with the same or both sexes have remarkably lower percentages of healthy behaviors overall than their heterosexually active peers.
An additional report explains that teens with involved mothers and fathers are substantially less likely to engage in premarital sex.
It is important to note how many of these health measures are not directly related to sexual activity itself, even tangentially; thing like seat belt use, daily breakfast, smoking, illegal drug use, suffering from asthma, etc.
Obviously, there's a curious relationship between our teens' sexual values/activity and a substantial number of unanticipated health behaviors. Here's just a sampling of various measures in order to appreciate the diverse array and disparities:
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