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Study: Birth Control Pill Does Not Make Teens Fat


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Excerpt: Study: Birth Control Pill Does Not Make Teens Fat Reuters Health By Charnicia E. Huggins Wednesday, July 31, 2002 NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The idea that taking birth control

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    Study: Birth Control Pill Does Not Make Teens Fat

    Study: Birth Control Pill Does Not Make Teens Fat


    Reuters Health

    By Charnicia E. Huggins

    Wednesday, July 31, 2002

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The idea that taking birth control
    pills leads to weight gain appears to be a myth, new study
    findings show.

    "Perceived weight gain is the number-one reason for adult
    women discontinuing use of oral contraceptives," Dr. Tom Lloyd,
    director of the Pennsylvania State Young Women's Health Study
    at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, told Reuters Health.
    "Our study demonstrated that oral contraceptive use by teen
    women does not affect body weight or body composition."

    To investigate, Lloyd, a professor in health evaluation sciences,
    and his colleagues conducted a 9-year study of 66 white girls
    who were age 12 at the start of the study. Thirty-nine of the girls
    were taking oral contraceptives at age 21.

    The birth control users reported being on the Pill for an average
    28 months, yet their increases in weight, body mass index (a
    measurement of weight in relation to height) and percent body
    fat was similar to that of their peers, the investigators report in
    the August issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    The two groups also had similar increases in height and
    decreases in percent lean body mass, the report indicates.

    On the other hand, the birth control users exhibited much greater
    increases in their levels of total cholesterol, LDL (the "bad"
    cholesterol), and triglycerides than did their peers who did not
    use oral contraceptives--a finding opposite to what has been
    observed among adult women, the researchers note.

    Still, the girls' total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and trigylceride
    levels were all within the normal range, Lloyd said.

    "The present study provides evidence that oral contraceptive use
    by teenage girls...does not affect body composition, and we
    suggest that potential users be counseled accordingly," Lloyd's
    team concludes.

    Because the study was conducted among healthy white females,
    however, "the results might differ (among other individuals)
    according to ethnicity, obesity, and exercise patterns," Lloyd
    added.

    SOURCE: Obstetrics and Gynecology 2002;100:235-239.

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    "...girls who were age 12 at the start of the study..."

    12?! Forgive my ignorance, but are there really so many 12 year olds on birth control? I'm aware girls are reaching puberty earlier, but I guess I'm just from the dark ages. At 12, I was still galloping around the playground pretending I was a horse - a showjumper, NOT a broodmare. Wake-up call for me. Good thing I'm not a parent. I'd be arrested for making my kids wear chastity belts.

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