Research also showed that boys ages 12-17 focused more on how their skin appears to others — tone, texture and color — than on other aspects of their appearance, including body shape, when they were influenced by peers, said Dr. Jay Yoo.
The study will be published in the fall in Adolescence, a quarterly international journal. Yoo studied 155 boys in seven schools.
"I studied what kids are teased about,” Yoo said. "There are cultural differences, but smooth skin is highly desired, and that may translate into other parts of the body.”
Safely walk away extra pounds
Walking is the most popular weight-loss activity. It requires no expense or equipment, can be done anywhere and is one of the safest and easiest ways to burn extra calories.
It also is an ideal way to relieve stress and one of the best ways to get into the habit of exercising.
These tips were compiled by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services:
→Pump your arms, bent to about 90 degrees, to burn 5 to 10 percent more calories with each step.
→To avoid hitting a plateau, take a different route periodically, add hills or increase your minutes, speed or frequency.
→Avoid using ankle or wrist weights when walking, as such weights can alter normal movement patterns and gait, increasing the risk of injury. Any added weight should be evenly distributed and positioned close to the body.
From staff and wire reports