One of the constant worries of every girl, be she a teenager or a woman is her weight. We are constantly watching our weight. If we are too thin people will ask questions and worry and if we become too fat people will ask questions and worry, and some people might tease us. But society has made it so that girls feel that is better to be as thin as a stick (size 0 models) and this has led many girls to living a very unhealthy live.
This unrealistic bod image placed by society (the fashion industry) has led many girls to become bulimic in the name of staying slim with some becoming anorexic
A recent study by the National Longitudinal Study for Adolescent Health revealed that in the five years between 1996 and 2001, about two million teens joined the ranks of the clinically obese! This is due to the high intake of Fat despite being aware of the risk. Fat is what make up the sweet stuff.
While being Obese is a health hazard, being thin may not be a good sign.
The main way to curb obesity is to avoid junk food. Being chubby is not being obese. As long as your BMI does not call you obese, you are perfectly normal. You do not need to resort to gimmick like vomiting up or starving to lose weight. Just maintaining a healthy diet and a normal exercise routine is all you need.
Here are some facts to help you make the right choice.
- Only three percent of parents of severely obese children considered their child overweight.
- If one parent is obese, the child's risk is about three times as high as normal and if both parents are heavy, the risk is more than ten times as great.
- A study asked children to assign attractiveness to pictures of children with various disabilities. These preschoolers rated the obese child less attractive than the child in a wheelchair, a child with a facial deformity and a child with a missing limb!
- Overweight adolescents have an 80% chance of becoming overweight adults.
- A recent study in the Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology says that teenage girls who diet, who used appetite suppressants or laxatives, vomited, or participated in binge eating are at greater risk of obesity than teenage girls who don't diet! The girls didn't reduce calorie intake or exercise enough to achieve results even though they thought they did.
- Anger, anxiety, ethnicity, or level of parental education were not found to have any relation to binge eating. Depression and low self-esteem were the main culprits.
- Although many young women cut out milk, cheese, and yogurt for fear of fat, how much dairy a teenage girl consumes is not associated with an increase of body fat.
- A study found that most adolescent girls were more afraid of gaining weight than getting cancer, nuclear war, or losing their parents!