Obese teens are at risk for becoming severely obese as adults. We are killing our kids with fast foods, processed food and inactivity. In my Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss offices of Slender For Life™ I know that preventing childhood obesity has to be a family affair. The whole family needs to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
Obese Teens at Risk for Severe Adult Obesity
WebMD Health News, November 9, 2010, Study Shows 37% of Obese Boys and 51% of Obese Girls Become Severely Obese.
Half of the obese female teens developed severe obesity by their 30s, and 37% of the obese male teens developed severe obesity. The excess weight carries with it an increased risk of health complications, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis.
Obese teens are 16 times more likely to develop severe obesity as young adults compared to normal-weight or overweight (but not yet obese) teens. Less than 5% of those who are at a normal weight as teens became severely obese as young adults.
The researcher tells parents of all children to “keep an eye on the weight gain.” She suggests parents have a goal of ”keeping a healthy household.” That means focusing on healthy food options and building physical activity into the day, encouraging kids to walk more and move more.
Healthy changes need to be adopted by all family members, not just children who are trying to maintain or lose weight. As a family, you adopt a healthier lifestyle for everyone. “The whole family does it together.
Beyond those changes, the obese child needs a lot of support. Parents of obese children and obese teens should talk to their child’s pediatrician and ask for screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol, and other potential problems. Ask what resources are available in the community to help your child lose weight.
Overweight and obese teens and their families are losing weight with the Slender For Life™ hypnosis for weight loss program. If you have overweight children make weight loss a family affair. The long-term health risks are just too great. Live a healthy lifestyle for your family.
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