Obesity is a major problem in the US. What is frightening is that it is prevalent in our youth in high schools. According to National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, children aged 12-19 obesity rate has climbed from 5%- 18% since 1980. Obviously the numbers are horrendous and frightening since there are so many health concerns associated with being overweight. It is important for teenagers to learn about healthy living. Here are some easy ways to make teens knowledgeable to a healthier lifestyle.
Explain the dangers of being an overweight teen
While being overweight is something that is undesirable to most, many teens do not understand the health risks of being overweight. While this can seem like a harsh approach, it is good to inform teens that there are real dangers when one does not exercise or eat well. Some of those dangers include:
• Heart disease
• Breathing problems
• Bone deformity
• Ovary problems
These are just some problems that can occur with being overweight but the list goes on. If high school students are informed of these dangers, maybe they might take a step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Talk about celebrities who are healthy and promote eating well and exercise
Sometimes getting through to teens can be tough. They are in an age where they feel that adults just do not understand what they are going through, but celebrities are a prime source for guidance. Teachers should use this to your advantage. There are plenty of celebrities who promote healthy eating and exercise. Some of these celebrities include:
• Kristen bell who believes in eating foods with many colors which means one is getting many vitamins.
• Drew Carey lost a lot of weight by cutting out empty calories in drinks such as frappuccinos, soda, and milkshakes.
• Jessica Biel and Kate Bosworth both participate in recreational sports for weight loss
• Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson both believe that having a workout buddy keeps you motivated to keep working out.
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Give them easy tips to make better nutrition decisions
Being aware that teenage obesity is a problem is one thing. Knowing how to solve that problem is another. It is important to give teenagers some tips and pointers on how to go about living a healthier lifestyle as opposed to them having to figure it out on their own. One of the first steps teachers can do is introduce them to the body mass index so that they can see if they are overweight or obese. After that tips on how they can change their lifestyle today. This could mean introducing them to more nutrient dense foods or even giving them healthier alternatives to the foods they are already eating. Some alternatives include:
• Brown rice instead of white rice
• Spinach instead of iceberg lettuce
• Ground turkey meat instead of ground beef
• Fat free milk instead of 2%
• Egg whites instead of eggs with the yolks
• Dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate
There are many healthy alternatives that one can make to ensure a healthier lifestyle. They can even find healthier alternatives for getting exercise as well such as taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator. If students were to take just smaller steps to their overall healthy well-being, the obesity rate should decrease just as quickly as it increased.