Overweight young women are at a significantly higher risk of developing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than their slimmer peers.
This is the conclusion of a recent research paper from the Yale School of Public Health.
Published in the journal AIDS and Behaviour, the study found that mothers between the ages of 14 and 25 who are overweight have an 80 per cent higher chance of developing an STI than those who are not overweight.
Furthermore, they were seen to be 64 per cent more likely to engage in "risky sexual behaviour".
However, the trend does not apply to those women classified as obese rather than just overweight, as these people were less likely to have an STI than their peers of a healthy weight.
Lead author Trace Kershaw, an associate professor at the university, commented: "Researchers tend to focus on one health problem or another, without thinking about how health behaviours may relate and how common risk and social factors play a role across a wide spectrum of health outcomes.
"Given the impact of obesity and sexual risk on young individuals, we need to develop comprehensive prevention programs that target multiple risk behaviours and outcomes."