Obesity in Teens

By Hans Diehl, M.D. www.chiphealth.com

What Are The Chances Of An Obese Teen Becoming an Obese Adult?

About 80% of obese teenagers will remain obese as adults. The marked increase in teen obesity will have serious consequences in the future. And dieting is not the answer. “Some 80% of American girls begin a regular cycle of dieting by the time they are just 11 years old,” according to William Rader, MD.

Does Obesity Produce Disease In Teens?

Being overweight predisposes a teen child to heart disease, gallstones, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and full-blown obesity later in life. Obese teens have more orthopedic problems and upper respiratory diseases. And that is only one side of the story. They often suffer major social and psychological problems. The rapid increase of serious depression, eating disorders, drug use, suicide, and violence among teenagers is frightening.

Teen Weight Trends: Going the Wrong Way!

By age group, 22% of children under age 12 are overweight, but the total goes to 57% for teens 13 to 17. Many parents do not perceive the problem, and more than 80% believe that their child is physically fit.

Thousands of school-age children have serious weight problems that affect their health, their ability to perform, and their peer acceptance.

To these children and their families, obesity is a curse. To do nothing is to sentence them to a possible lifetime of social misery, rejection, and a significantly higher risk of developing early major health problems.

Monitor your child's emotional life. Some children eat when they feel nervous or unhappy; others when they are alone or neglected. Problems may start during a divorce. Look for unmet emotional needs. Above all—make your kids feel loved, unconditionally.

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