Wellness - Adolescence | 13-18 yrs

Obesity In Teenagers


“In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled among adolescents. The percent of adolescents aged 12-19 who were obese increased from 5% in 1980 to nearly 21% in 2012.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA.

Teenage obesity is growing like an epidemic. Recent studies show that nearly one-third of children and teenagers are overweight or obese. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even some cancers are all possible outcomes of obesity. According to www.pamf.org “Obesity can weaken physical health and well-being, resulting in a shortened life expectancy. It can also lead to social disabilities and unhappiness, which may cause stress and heighten the risk of mental illness.”

Getting your teen to eat healthy can be a challenge. Teenage is a time for growth spurts that need more nutrition. As a result, teenagers’ eating habits change as they enter puberty. Their mealtimes and meal choices will not be the same as they were before. Your teen needs to know that his food habits and his choice of food play a major role in his physical and mental well-being. As a parent, you need to be on top of your teen’s nutritional needs.

Recent research confirms that eating after sunset offsets weight gain. Sugary drinks are almost a staple in every household these days. These are one of the biggest contributors to the obesity epidemic. Junk food not only affects body weight but also makes people, especially teens, very moody.

Dieting can lead to obesity as it causes the body to store food during starvation. This storing staves off hunger but increases weight. Eating too much and eating too little are both problems to handle.

You need to model healthy eating habits for your child very early so that she develops a healthy attitude towards food as he grows up. Enjoying healthy meals as a family can also help your teenager to eat healthy and cut down on junk food. These small steps will ensure a healthy life for your children.

If your teen already has an eating disorder, treatment is available to remedy the situation.

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What Is Obesity?

Obesity is an excessive accumulation of body fat such that individuals are over 20 percent heavier than their ideal body weight. Overall, nearly one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Some health issues associated with obes...

Sugary Drinks

Rising consumption of sugary drinks has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. The term “soft drink” refers to any beverage with added sugar or other sweetener, and includes soda, fruit punch, lemonade and other “ades,” sweetened powder...

Dieting Make Actually Make You Fat

Scientific evidence increasingly points to a far deeper problem that confronts dieters: cutting out calories changes your metabolism and brain, so your body hoards fat and your mind magnifies food cravings into an obsession.

Does Late Night Eating Encourage Weight Gain?

Eating after the sun has gone down might trigger weight gain, say researchers who have been studying the effect in mice. Even when given the same amount of calories overall, mice that ate around the clock put on more fat.

Playing Computer Games Increases Obesity Risk In Teens

Researchers found that teenage boys consumed an extra 80 calories after playing computer games for an hour compared to those who did not

Obesity Management For Teenagers

Teenagers can be at risk of unhealthy weight gain, overweight and obesity. This is because teenagers tend to do less physical activity, have more screen time and eat less healthy, more high-fat and high-sugar foods.

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