Study finds overweight teens more likely to be rejected by peers

By WEEK Producer

May 16, 2014 Updated May 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM CDT

A new study has found overweight teens are more likely to be rejected by their slimmer peers.

Researchers from Arizona State University analyzed data from surveys of nearly 12,000 teens.

They found normal weight teenagers most often chose friends who were also of a normal weight and overweight youth generally had one fewer friend than others.

This rejection in junior high and high school can be associated with higher rates of depression and low self-esteem.

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