Teen Health Issues

Teenage is the time when children should eat properly. Eating disorders affect lead to other health problems. Studies have shown that body dissatisfaction and dieting are epidemic even among normal and underweight girls. Body dissatisfaction is bad for health. An emphasis on healthful approaches to obesity prevention and weight management must include the promotion of self esteem and body satisfaction because:

Preoccupation with slimness leads to eating disorders and abuse of diet medications and products. Depression is more related to feelings about weight than weight per se. Children who diet have significantly poorer quality diets than non-dieting peers. Low calorie dieting can have serious health consequences for children, such as delayed puberty, stunting of growth in height, reduced bone mass, weakness, fatigue, nausea, constipation, dysmennorhea, and fainting. Self-imposed dieting has shown that there is the risk for subsequent excess weight gain

Teen Mental Health Problems

Adolescents are under stress to be liked, do well in school, get along with their family and make important life decisions. Most of these pressures are unavoidable and they worry about them which is quite natural. If children are feeling extremely sad, hopeless or•worthless, these could be warning signs of a mental health problem.

Mental health problems are real, painful and can be severe. They can lead to school failure, loss of friends, or family conflict. Some of the signs of a possible mental problem are listed below:

Children with mental problems look troubled and are angry most of the time. They cry a lot or overreact to things. They feel guilty and are worried more than other young people. They may grieve for a longer time after a loss by death. They also suffer from unexplained fear.

These children are concerned about physical problems or appearance. They may perform badly in school because they lose interest in things which they usually enjoyed. They have unexplained changes in sleeping or eating habits.

They may avoid friends or family and want to be alone all the time. Loneliness naturally leads to daydreaming. They become inattentive because they remain in isolation they fail to develop the skills to get things done.

They worry about being harmed, hurting others, or about doing something wrong. They feel the need to wash, clean things, or perform certain routines dozens of times a day. They may use alcohol or other drugs;

They may eat large amounts of food and then forcefully vomits, abuse laxatives etc. They may often hurt other people, destroy property, or break the law. Too many teenagers are damaging their health by not getting enough sleep and by falling asleep with electrical gadgets on. Youngsters need to be taught that sleep is important for their health, it said.

Obesity – a teenage problem too
Sleep is important for both physical and mental functioning and wellbeing. People who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight or obese. Sleep deprivation led to hormonal changes which told the body to eat sugary or starchy food to provide an energy boost. Sleep problems can be a symptom of many other conditions, from problems with the thyroid gland to depression.