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Research Letter
December 28, 2020

Obesity and Eating Disorder Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Bethesda, Maryland
  • 3Department of Family Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. Published online December 28, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.5152

Obesity and eating disorders in youth are prevalent,1,2 are associated with medical and psychosocial consequences, and may persist into adulthood. Therefore, identifying subgroups of youth vulnerable to 1 or both conditions is critical. One group that may be at risk for obesity3 and disordered eating4 is sexual and gender minorities (SGM; those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender or whose sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression do not conform to societal conventions).

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