Teen Obesity

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Teen obesity is an important issue in today’s society. There are many reasons why you, as a parent, should be concerned about your teen’s weight and eating habits.

Addressing the Issue

Being a teenager is hard enough without the problem of teen obesity. If your teen is obese or is becoming overweight, it can be difficult to address as a parent. You don’t want to hurt their feelings, but there are a number of ways their weight can affect them now and in the future – so it’s your job to speak up. Facing the issue of obesity can be the greatest gift of your love as a parent.

Learning Good Habits

Controlling teenage obesity can start with learning the whole family practicing good eating and exercise habits. Often, eating right is something that doesn’t just affect one person in the family!

  • Cook healthy meals for the entire family and have family exercise times when you can all participate.
  • Perhaps a gym membership for the entire family will encourage healthy habits ... as a fun way to spend a few hours of your weekends outside of the home!

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Health Issues Later in Life

What’s scary about teen weight problems is that they can affect the teen for much longer than their teen years. Obesity can lead to problems such as:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • lowered immune system function
While your teen might not think these problems will happen to him or her, studies show that being overweight puts teenagers at a greater risk for each of these conditions. By showing your teen the potential health problems they are facing, you express how beneficial their healthier habits are now and in the future.

Starting the Conversation

Initiating the delicate conversation about obesity isn’t going to be an easy one.

  • If you only have one teen with this problem, you might want to talk to them alone ... away from the rest of the family.
  • This will help them feel less self-conscious about how they look and how it affects their outlook on life.
  • Talk to your teen about how they feel about their weight and what might help them manage their weight more successfully.

Check out the Plus Size Teen Directory Teen obesity is a problem in today’s society that has reached epidemic proportions. The best thing you can do to help your child is to begin the “road to recovery” right at home.