Teenage Obesity

  • Globally we are seeing trends showing an alarming rise in teenage obesity. We as nations can no longer sit back and hope that our children figure this out for themselves. There are numerous programs taking shape from country to country. The real culprit lies in our mass marketing of easy to get fast food.

    As nations we are constantly on the move. Pushing the envelope so to speak in an effort to improve from one generation to the next. In our wake and staring at us in our future is a population that will not accelerate from these benefits (learning curves) of the past but will slow down to a crawl due to inabilities to perform caused by obesity.

     

    Teen obesity has grown to epidemic proportions in the United States.

    The US Department of Health and Human Services recently published teen obesity statistics regarding this dangerous trend.

    According to the report, 14% of adolescents in the United States are overweight. This figure has nearly tripled in the last 20 years.

    This means that 14% of our teens are at risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Type 2 Diabetes has also increased dramatically in teens as a direct result of teen obesity. Additionally, teens who are dealing with teen obesity have a very high probability of being obese as adults further increasing their risk of other serious health problems.

    Reading these teen obesity statistics may be a little frightening but may also be viewed as "something to worry about tomorrow" because teen obesity statistics are dwarfed by other problems teens face today. Teens dealing with teen obesity also deal with social discrimination which can be devastating. Overweight or obese teens often have low self esteem which keeps them from joining in many activities with other teens. Obese teens may also suffer from depression which can lead to a viscous circle of staying at home watching TV and snacking, gaining more weight, feeling worse about themselves, and spending more time in front of the TV.

    Obese teens may feel this is a problem they are powerless to change. IT ISN'T.