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Understanding teenage obesity

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A sedentary lifestyle and excessive use of technol A sedentary lifestyle and excessive use of technology has strong correlations to higher BMI levels in teenagers

This is the third article in a series looking at childhood obesity at various stages of development. Having discussed infant and primary school age children in the previous articles, this article seeks to identify the specific challenges faced by adolescents/young people who are living with obesity.

Alarming figures show that 40% of males age 16-75 years are overweight and 20% are obese. For women the figures indicate that fewer are overweight but more are obese. The consequences of this are severe, with one key study highlighting how this generation of children may be the first to die before their parents.1

Adolescence is a key developmental stage which may create an increased susceptibility toward obesity.2 This developmental stage is a time when many may seek to be more independent, with increased autonomy and now want to make decisions about lifestyle choices independent of their parents views and wishes.

Rapid rate of growth in early childhood

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