Teens and Obesity

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Teens and Obesity
Renee L. Abapo
December 13, 2011
University of Phoenix

Teens and Obesity
A perfect smile, a perfect personality, and a perfect body. What an exhausting way of life for a person to have to keep up with, especially for a teen. There is no such thing as a perfect anything, but more and more teens are becoming infatuated with the word “perfect”, and as a result teens are becoming overweight. It is possible for teens to avoid risking obesity, by maintaining a consistent eating schedule, exercising daily, and controlling any sugar or caffeine intake. Teens need balanced nutrition that includes protein, iron and calcium for healthy growth.

Many teens don't get enough iron or calcium on a daily basis. The best diet for a teen comes

from a variety of high-quality foods in every nutritional category. Besides providing the right

amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and other elements, a teen eating plan

must offer consistent and controlled energy and nutrients from healthy foods. Whole grains and

low-fat protein and dairy foods satisfy critical needs for iron, protein and calcium, while

vegetables and fruits provide the remainder of broad vitamin and mineral nutrition that supports

a healthy metabolism. The labels on food packages disclose the nutrient contents per serving that

help teens get their full daily allowances. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/440831-the-best-

well-balanced-diet-for-teens). It is very important for a teen to be aware of what it means to

maintain a consistent eating schedule. Teens need to be aware of what a balanced nutrition

includes, which can help teens with better eating habits, more energy, and can lead to a better

digestive system.

The medical community has been sounding the alarm: America's kids are in worse

physical shape than…...

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