I am not surprised to learn research shows obese teens suffer more diverse problems than folks that developed obesity as an adult. I found this from a MNT article summarizing findings from research originating at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh, published in the journal Pediatrics. (see article summary)
Basically, teenagers suffering obesity develop more metabolic and physical complications than adults developing obesity later in life. From a physiologic standpoint this makes sense. High insulin levels for longer periods leads to greater metabolic, inflammatory and vascular complications–earlier.
This doesn’t bode well for American teens. It also foretells increased financial burdens and poor productivity as the latest, most obese generation on record ages.
The silver lining in this story stems from the blessings of youth. Change must start with individuals and their family. Teens who eliminate processed sugar intake, fruit juice, soda, and junk food can improve their health before diseases accumulate.
Proper nutrition plays a huge role.
Societal norms and food industries push the idea of consuming large quantities of grain and sugar based foods. Wise parents and teens should recognize this issue and resist accordingly. Increasing physical activity and avoiding the trap of quick, easy, thoughtless consumption of processed food can pay huge dividends and avoid the pitfall of teen obesity.
Children are our future.
Food represents the raw materials through which they grow and repair. Poor fuel = poor development= disease.
“If you keep on eating unhealthy food than no matter how many weight loss tips you follow, you are likely to retain weight and become obese. If only you start eating healthy food, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to lose weight.”
― Subodh Gupta