Is your teenager on Diet ?

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Parents have found their children with insecurity, dissatisfaction, teasing and comparing themselves to others. If the Body mass index (BMI) is controlled, the emotional stability and relations with parents are more comfortable.

Indeed there are doctors and nutrionists that warn against the dieting and skipping of meals in the low-fat, low-cal and old school sense of the environment. If 16 year old is being deprived of the basic nutrients and calories, it will hinder their development and will put them in a major risk for eating disorders. Fat has become the new F-word. Parents are afraid to even mention it in front of their children.

The diets of the adolescents triggers and create a new role of the multiple dimensions of self-concept. Parents worry greatly because teenage is the life stage when teenagers begin to exercise the independence from parental control and start making their own decisions. Adolescence also highlights the life stage when the children experience rapid physical development, this is when the ideas of perfect body image become prominent in the lives of young people. Similarly it is this stage of life when youth begin to carry on their patterns and healthy habits that also continue into the adulthood. Hence it is necessary to keep the children from skipping meals.

Teenagers and Diet
Teenagers and Diet

The eating habits are directly related to the health outcomes in youth. Negative body image and disordered eating patterns are quite common among teenagers especially girls. The attitudes and habits are rarely ever changed if they are once established. No wonder the children are confused and dissatisfied the way their body look. In worst cases, they might be suffering the health-damaging excess weight, extremely life threatening eating disorders or the psychological pain which sends negative energy affecting all aspects of their lives. The major health related problems are increasing such as eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behavior, low physical exertion, too much physical exertion, binge eating, erratic eating patterns, body dissatisfaction and obesity. Parents are at their wit’s end here and they end up worrying how to help their kids be more accepting to who they are. The media has set a very negative image of the perception of healthy and beautiful body. The worrying also heighten when you got to know that your kids are skipping meals and relying on commercial enterprise with profit-making agenda.

If your child is having problems or dissatisfaction, the first role is to talk to her and make her/him comfortable. Talk to her about consulting a nutritionist so that she/he may lose the weight properly. Study her/his motivations behind the planning of dieting. Ensure all that you can do at home to prevent your child from unhealthy eating habits, it they are skipping meals talk to them about its dangerous causes. The health specialists also faces many challenge to help the teenagers adopt the healthy eating as an achievable behaviour. Dieting can be a double whammy. One of the best advice that works with teenagers is to tell them to eat when they are hungry and to stop when they are full. Similarly the poor emotional well-being has led to contribution to various types of weight related problems and personality traits have become way more selective. There is a serious competition going on in today’s world. Depression and low self-esteem are the major causes for your teen to risk onto unhealthy eating habits. Low self-esteem leads to body dissatisfaction resulting in long term health problems and eating disorders. Trying to skip meals often can lead to weight gain rather than losing of some pounds which will make your kids more depressed. These issues need to be addressed in schools as well to take care of the problems. Healthy habits among teenagers lay the groundwork for the positive youth development. The most concerned developing youth are health habits which also consists of proper exercise and sleep.

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