Teenage obesity is a common problem affecting millions of adolescents
around the world. Most parents are starting to be concerned about the
life style of their children as they have noticed the dramatic weight
Many years ago obesity wasn’t that big of a problem but with the
proliferation of fast food restaurants and the long hours spent on
watching TV; it has become something to really worry about. The
hormonal changes that teenagers normally have to go through can get
even more complicated when they are obese.
Self-esteem problems are normal during the teenage years imagine if in
top of that they are seriously overweight; the emotional issues
resulting from that can be quite overwhelming. Depression problems can
appear as a consequence of teenage obesity. The perfect body images
they see in commercials can make them feel even worse. The mocking
they often experience from their classmates can certainly inflict
serious emotional scars as well.
Obesity does not only affect the mind but the body as well.
A huge number of diseases are almost certain to appear way earlier than
they normally do. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and high
cholesterol levels are just some of the health problems they can
experience in the upcoming years. Heart attacks and even strokes are
possible around their younger years as an adult if the dangerous
All the fat consumed during the younger years tends to accumulate in
the body tissue causing many diseases that otherwise shouldn’t be
present. Adolescents should never have to worry about having
hypertension and similar problems.
There are many
things that can be done to solve the problem of teenage
obesity but they require a compromise from the parents as well.
Children will typically follow the parent’s footsteps; if they eat a
lot of junk food their kids will do the same.
Parents should not
only tell their kids to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, they must
actually eat healthy in front of them so they learn good nutritional
habits from a young age.
Physical activity is also essential to prevent obesity.
Parents should involve their teenage kids into some sports like
swimming, basketball, soccer, biking, etc. If you can share some of the
activities is even better as you use the time to create a close
connection with your teenager.
You can also reduce the amount of time spent in front of the TV and the
computer to encourage a more active lifestyle.
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