Causes and Symptoms of Obesity in teens
Cause of obesity in teens can be due to many factors not just a single one and for each teen is a different cause. Most teens suffer from poor eating habits while other suffers from depression. The top three reasons of obesity in teens are poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and depression. Other reasons are overeating, genetics, medical illnesses, stressful life events, family or peer problems, and low self-esteem. A poor eating habit comes from the lack of healthy eating. Teens are usually left to fend for themselves during the time that they are home alone. When they are at school they have access to vending machines filled with unhealthy snacks, such as candy bars, potatoes chips, cookies, and sodas. Dinner at home is sometimes the only time that they will get a good healthy meal (Obesity, 2009). Lack of exercise is the main contributor to obesity in 11 to 15 year olds according to a study by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and San Diego State University researchers (Study, 2004). With a poor eating habit and limited to no exercise in school, teens are prone to obesity. Teenagers that have no extracurricular activities tend to spend most of their time on the computer, playing video games or watching television. Adolescence can become depressed for various reasons which cause them to turn to food for comfort. Their lack of interest in physical exercise or activities due to being depressed can lead to obesity. Symptoms of obesity can include, trouble breathing while asleep, excessive weight gain, chest pains. One reliable measure to determine obesity is BMI, or body Mass Index. BMI calculations are different for children then for adults. BMI is determined by multiplying the child’s weight in pounds by the height in inches squared, then multiplying by a conversion factor of 703 (weight x height) x 703). BMI is based on age, sex and height of children. The results are compared to...
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