Teen Obesity

By Trevor Gienau

What Is Obesity?

A few extra pounds does not suggest obesity. A child it not considered obese until the weight is at least 10 percent higher than what is recommended for their height and body type. Obesity begins at ages 5 and 6. Most of the time, if you are obese at the ages 10 and 13, you have an 80% chance of being an over weight adult.

Why Are So Many Teens Obese?

Obesity can be passed down from parents. If 1 of your parents is obese, you have a 50% chance of also being obese. Also if your eat to many unhealthy food. For example, getting fast food to many times without burning it off. Most people eat a lot of food when they are stressed or depressed.

What Are The Risks Of Obesity?

  • Increase in heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing Problems
  • Trouble Sleeping

How Can Obesity Be Prevented?

  • Follow a healthy eating plan. Make healthy food choices and focus on the balance of energy IN and energy OUT.
  • Focus on portion size. Especially in fast food and other restaurants. Cutting back on portion size will help balance energy IN and energy OUT.
  • Be active. For example, go on a short walk, bike ride, etc.
  • Reduce screen time. Limit the time on TV's, computers, and video games because they limit time for physical activities.
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