Dating and mate selection
Dating and mate selection
Visit for more related articles at Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour The obesity epidemic is a barrier to the participation of adolescents in developmentally normative behaviors associated with mate selection, such as dating.
Specifically, obese adolescents may be less likely to date due to cultural factors, notably the stigma associated with obesity, but likely also due to peer pressure to date normal to less-than-average weight partners.
Obesity; Dating; Social stigma The levels of adolescent obesity in the United States are growing to epidemic proportions.
Ironically, one consequence of the social stigma associated with obesity may, in fact, be the reluctance on the part of researchers to consider questions surrounding the impact of adolescent obesity on dating and mate selection.
Received Date: August 21, 2014; Accepted Date: September 04, 2014; Published Date: September 08, 2014 Citation: Downing-Matibag T, Neymotin F (2014) Adolescent Obesity: A Barrier to Mate Selection? This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000157 Copyright: © 2014 Teresa Downing-Matibag et al.
It is, therefore, perhaps unsurprising that obesity has also been found to lower both wages and self-esteem more for women, and particularly white women as compared to men .
While the posited factors for this relationship are many, it is clear that selection into marriage  and finding a suitable mate based on weight are two important variables at play .We briefly review the literature in this area, and discuss the implications not only for obese adolescents’ chances of marriage or relationship permanency in adulthood, but also for the future of marriage as an institution in a society where obesity is a common and growing public health concern.According to a 2009 study, rising rates of weight discrimination among adults have occurred in the U. over the past ten years; and this trend is particularly targeted towards women [19,20].At the earlier stage, namely dating, one may wonder which factors are most important in creating the link between obesity and relationships.To this end, in the next section, we focus our attention on the social stigma created by obesity.These signals are so important that, after testing, authors have definitively showed the existence of a clear negative impact of obesity on the marriage prospects of the obese . adolescents, including 19.6 percent of boys and 17.1 percent of girls, were obese in 2010 testifies to the existence of obesity during the critical developmental period between puberty and adulthood in young people’s lives and the need for further exploration of the topic at hand .