Who is responsible for obesity in adolescents? An adolescent is an interesting category of the population because they are biologically growing and they still considered minors legally. This stage is when puberty begins, hormones start and the person matures sexually.
When questioning who is responsible for teen health, it is difficult because the child adult is struggling to distinguish their independent although there is no means to this either financially or legally.
Teen health concerns such as suicide, car accidents and homicide rear their ugly heads which like worries which outstrip obesity. But, obesity is a health concern that had become an epidemic in America, and it cannot be overlooked. Obesity and bad habits are created in the foundation of a person’s life – are you ready to help them fight?
Teenage Obesity Statistics
The most unfortunate indicator in examining adolescent obesity is that obese teenagers are 70% prone to becoming obese adults. Research shows in the U.S. obesity in adolescents is between 16 to 33% with non-Hispanic black girls and Mexican-American boys having the highest rates of obesity of around 30%. Non-Hispanic white boys and girls have the lowest rates of obesity of approximately 17%.
Teens are screaming to be more independent and obesity has been found to be influenced by their access to disposable income and their ability to eat food prepared away from home. It makes sense, that eating takeaway food or food from restaurants, a person has little control over the calories they consume at that meal. Also, since most teens usually have little money they have limited in their choice of affordable food when they buy takeaway.
This limitation encourages poor choices which have serious health consequences. And, it should be common knowledge that eating out rather than eating food prepared at home, that these foods contain more calories than a home cooked meal. Often, takeaway food or restaurant food has an astronomical amount of saturated fats which will more than likely outstrip any exercise program – especially with society serving large portion sizes – which a teen will eat.
Research is showing obesity in adolescents is more prevalent to those teens who live or go to school near close to fast food restaurants. In addition to this, $1 billion on food marketing via television and the internet is targeted directly to adolescents and this marketing coupled with increased entertainment in front of computers and television increases their exposure to these marketing messages. Ensuring that adolescents are educated about the food they are eating is of utmost importance to tackle the rising obesity levels.
What Can You Do As A Parent?
Although teens are struggling to be independent, obesity in adolescents is undeniably common in American can be helped by parents. Remembering that teens are still legally classified as minors and are often thinking with the nether regions, parents may have to be supportive and empower their child adult to make healthier choices. Education on obesity, nutrition and how to construct healthy habits is probably the biggest favor you can do for them. Good luck!