Teen Obesity

By: Jonathan Prostka

Teen Obesity

According to latest research findings teenage obesity in America is increasing drastically. The rates at which teenage obesity is increasing are stunning. About 15% or,to give the exact figure, 9 million teens in America below 15 years of age are obese. This figure is almost three times the teen obesity figures in the year 1980.
Morbid obesity has also become a common issue in the United States of America. More than three lakh people die of obesity and weight related issues every year.



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How To Help Teen Obesity

Sixty-one percent of parents claim that they would readily change their own habits if it would help their teenagers avoid obesity (2). This gets at one of the main means of preventing obesity: family involvement. It is important to help teens acquire healthy lifestyles through family activities and participation (4). Concentrating on replacing unhealthy foods with healthy food choices can significantly reduce teen obesity, as can increased physical activity. Family activities such as walking, biking, hiking and even just playing games outside can help teens lower their risk of obesity (4).

One of the biggest culprits in teen obesity is sugary drinks. Non-diet sodas, some canned juices and lemonades, iced tea and other beverages have large amounts of calories. According to research conducted by the Children's Hospital Boston, cutting back on sugary drinks, and replacing them low-calorie alternatives (especially water) can have a significant impact on teenage weight gain (5).




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