Dieting and Teens
Many teens are under the impression that dieting is good for their health but they don’t realize that their body can miss out on nutrition which they need for their growth. Teens need a balanced diet and proper sleep to stay healthy.
Teens that are overweight tend to get depressed as they face problems such as: others making fun of them, not being able to participate in some activities and feeling left out. Therefore, they start dieting without consulting their doctor and often end up sick which can lead to other health problems.
Teens should never diet, but rather watch their food intake. They often indulge in junk food which is rich in fats and very unhealthy. Many teens have the wrong notion that if they diet they will lose weight, but dieting can increase their body weight. Dieting has the following effects:
- They may feel distracted and tired
- They may feel sad and unmotivated
- They may also feel very cold and dizzy
- They may feel deprived of food
- They may also feel hungry and preoccupied with food
Dieting can lead to eating disorders such as: taking pills to lose weight, vomiting after eating, skipping meals frequently, and taking laxatives. Since teens are in a growing stage, they need a good balanced diet for their growth. At this age they are active, and physical exercise is important to keep their body fit.
Tips for a Healthy Diet
- Do not skip breakfast as it’s the most important meal of the day.
- Do not overeat. Eat only when you are hungry.
- Drink water rather than juices and soft drinks.
- Choose foods that are rich in nutrients.
- Do not eat food because you are bored or depressed.
- Include a variety of food on your plate.