Strange little piece today:
Young mothers are often thought to be at an advantage when it comes to getting back in shape after pregnancy.
But in fact women who have babies in their teens are significantly more likely than older mothers to become obese later in life, research shows.
Those who had their first child aged 19 or younger were a third more likely to be very overweight, it found.
Significantly fewer women who gave birth in their teens were of normal weight than those who had babies later.
Yes, they do correct for background and income (ie, class). However, what they don\’t seem to correct for is heft at the time of getting pregnant. Which is something of a mistake. For as everyone who has ever been out on the pull knows a few extra pounds on her vastly increases your chaces of a legover. The reason being that this mating game really is a market and you\’ve got to play a market by purveying your asseets as best you can. Some slim little knockout is able to insist on certain male behaviour before rumpy pumpy. The fat bird with spots has less to negotiate with: therefore we know (and it has indeed been proven) that the fat birds are more likely to be having sex without condoms. This can indeed lead to preggoness but I wouldn\’t argue that that is what is driving these numbers. Rather that this less to negotiate with is going to lead to earlier pregnancy.