Fight Teen Obesity
No doubt you have heard the cry for the need to reverse teen obesity.
Considering the epidemic of obesity in the adult population, it’s understandable why so many parents want to do their best to ensure their children are not part of these national heath statistics.
However, approaching teenagers who are already overweight, or who have such poor eating habits that obesity is just around the corner, is a difficult task at best.
Teens are already trying to cope with their natural hormonal upsurge, which makes them emotionally unstable, is a difficult task. They are already likely to be fighting poor self esteem issues.
Although important to address, the subject must be approached in a compassionate and patient manner. It is also important to remember that teenagers do not have the emotional and mental developmental level of an adult.
Teenagers can be annoyed with excess fat on their body and they often have a distorted body image. When weight loss is addressed with teenagers these issue must be included in the plan. Without an understanding that teens see themselves differently than they really are, you will not be able to help motivate them to continue to make healthy life choices.
The video below addresses the issue of teen obesity, and how fairly simple changes can lead to an improvement in this condition. Watch the short video now.
Your job as a parent is to guide and mold your growing children. But in the zeal to carry out this function, you can approach the obesity danger in a way that’s sure to backfire.
Some teens may need to see a nutritionist to evaluate their eating and determine how to change their habits. Professionals can often give teenagers advice that they accept rather than from their families and friends. Professionals are more distant and they do not have as much invested in the relationship.
So seeking outside help to at least get the awareness of this problem in the open may very well be the best starting point.
But what does overweight really mean? Overweight is the term used for anybody, teen or adult, who is above the ‘normal’ weight determined by using body mass index (BMI).
The body mass index is a numerical equation that uses a person’s height and weight. These are norms that have been established but are only guidelines. However, while they are guidelines it is generally accepted that a BMI over 40 defines obesity.
With these guidelines in determining whether obesity is an issue in your home, you can plan how to introduce the help of a professional.
Weight loss plans designed for teenagers should be approached in a supportive family environment. It is so much easier to achieve your goals when you are working with like minded supportive people. Even though you are able to change the foods that are brought into the home, teens continue to eat while away from home. That’s why education about healthy nutrition and good food choices is so important to the success of any weight loss program.
Parents can help by removing milk products, carbonated drinks, juices, junk foods and fatty foods from the home and the family’s diet. You know your teen best. Some teens respond to a global change quickly, but most weight loss programs that are successful achieve this by removing one type of product at a time from the diet. The goal for your teen is not to lose weight quickly but to change their eating habits that last a lifetime.
Fight Teen Obesity Before It Happens
As a parent, you can set the stage to reinforce a move towards healthy eating habits. since teenagers are growing at fast rate, they tend to be constantly hungry, and reaching for the closest snack within their reach.
So you should keep plenty of “ready to eat” raw vegetables, and tempting ripe fruit well within easy reach of your teens. Your refrigerator full of carrot sticks, celery, apples, grapes, and any other fruit that’s available at the supermarket.
Teens often suffer from poor self-esteem and poor self-motivation and it is the parent’s job to help gently encourage them. Weight loss programs using pills for teens are not effective because they often affect a growing body adversely. Teenagers continue to require appropriate nutrition to feed their growing body.
Teen weight loss programs can easily become a tug of war between parent and child. This only sets up the teen for failure. Make the process fun.
Keep your patience and look for ways to make learning fun. Look for ways to keep your teen active through after school activities or sports.
Today’s teenagers are well versed at the computer and gaming. Our responsibility is to teach them that movement and activity can be just as fun.
Learning life long habits that will keep them healthy and fit will increase the success rate of any weight loss program.
Following these guidelines to fight teen obesity places you and your family on the path to avoid this alarming health issue.
Title: Fight Teen Obesity – Helpful Tips
Reviewed by J. Rademacher on Oct 8
Summary: Teen obesity is sad and dangerous for health
Description: This article discusses how to resolve the obesity epidemic that unfortunately includes many teenagers. Teen obesity is sad and dangerous to their health and future well being.