Dating and mate selection
The obesity stigma We conclude with a brief exploration of one of the most important factors related to obese heterosexual adolescents’ lesser chances of 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.In particular, one study has showed that White adolescent females are more likely to have multiple partners, older partners, and are less likely to use condoms than their non-obese peers .
It is also true that, while empirical research involving nationally representative longitudinal data on adolescents living in the U. shows a negative relationship between obesity and (heterosexual) adolescents’ chances of dating , it does not necessarily show the same negative relationship between obesity and adolescents’ involvement in casual sexual encounters [5-7].
In the section that follows, we explore in detail the literature to date on how exactly obesity affects the prospects of adolescents in the dating pool.
In this piece, we summarize what is known about this topic, and highlight the need for much more research.
Obesity, marriage, and dating While Americans are waiting longer to get married – the average age of first marriage is 27 years for women and 29 for men – in many ways young people begin the mate selection processes long before, around the onset of puberty.
As such, the time between puberty and the formation of committed relationships, such as marriage, is one involving romantic and sexual relationship exploration and experimentation, a period which entails choosing shorter- or longer-term mates from pools of eligible partners [1,2].