by A. Grano on February 8th, 2011 at 11:46 am
Adolescence is unquestionably a difficult time for most teens, from the emotional to the physical changes that accompany growing up. Of these changes, one of the biggest challenges for kids and teens today is weight management. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
This should be of great concern to parents, as obesity frequently becomes a lifelong struggle, often leading to other serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Helping your child establish healthy relationships with food and exercise are key to successful weight management in both the short and long-term, and set the foundation for healthy adult habits. Preparing healthy meals and encouraging time for physical activity can help overcome some of these challenges, and can also help you stay on track, too!
In addition, while your teen may have health class in school, hearing some of the basics from you can help ease this transitional time. Sharing your personal experiences with your teen can help alleviate fears and help your child see that you’re not trying to “attack” him or her.
For instance, some teens may have had a rapid metabolism as young children, but are now unable to quickly shed the calories they used to consume and now are frustrated by a little extra weight. This may be attributed to more sedentary time, or may be genetic. Others may struggle to rid themselves of stubborn “baby fat”.
Natural remedies have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to support the healthy functioning of the metabolism and digestive system, thereby helping to achieve a balanced weight.
Even when kids are developing healthily, eating well, and exercising regularly, it’s not uncommon that they put extra pressure on themselves to ‘fit in’ with the body types perceived to be ‘ideal’ from their peers and the media. It’s important to monitor your teen’s behavior and watch for signs of an obsessive and unhealthy preoccupation with weight and food that can lead to eating disorders.
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