Solutions for Teen Obesity

by: Zade Lecaj

Diet

Obese teens can begin eating healthy to combat weight problems. Avoiding fatty foods like those available at fast food restaurants can help prevent further weight gain. Incorporating healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein and high-fiber carbohydrates, helps facilitate weight loss.


Exercise

Exercise can help teens combat obesity, even if they are genetically predisposed to being overweight. According to "U.S. News" Health, teens carrying the gene tied to obesity who engage in an hour a day of physical activity can nearly cancel out the gene's effects. An hour a day of exercise does not need to be an hour spent in the gym. Teens can sign up for team sports through their schools or ride their bikes around town to get in an hour of physical activity. If school is close enough, walking to and from school also helps get in an hour a day of physical activity.