1800 GET THIN - A New Study Shows Obesity Is Far Worse For Teen Girls’ Blood Pressure

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Education at an early age is critical in the fight against increasing obesity rates.

1-800-GET-THIN supports informational programs to increase young people's awareness of good eating habits,

Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and 1 800 GET THIN takes its role as a leader in attacking this rapidly expanding health epidemic very seriously. A new study of 1700 teenagers that was recently presented at the American Physiological Society conference showed that obese girls were 9 times more likely to develop systolic high blood pressure than non-obese teenage girls. According to the study, the increased risk for obese boys versus non-obese boys for developing high blood pressure was 3.5 times. High systolic blood pressure, the top number in the blood pressure reading, is associated with an increased risk of developing stroke as well as other cardiovascular complications.

The study shows that obesity is putting the lives of both girls and boys at risk. The girls in the study were less active than the boys which may have contributed to the higher risk.

The study states that "Teen obesity has become an epidemic in the United States tripling in the last 20 years. The causes of teen obesity are generally unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle. 1-800-GET-THIN supports informational programs designed to increase young people's awareness of the benefits of maintaining good eating habits and regular exercise. In this high-tech world, where many young people are spending hours on their computers and eating fast food and snacks, learning about what constitutes a healthy diet and other habits is more important than ever.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “Child and adolescent obesity is also associated with increased risk of emotional problems. Teens with weight problems tend to have much lower self-esteem and be less popular with their peers. Depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder can also occur.”

Unfortunately, teenage obesity often becomes a lifelong problem. Many teenagers who lose weight often gain it back after reaching their goal because they return to poor eating and exercise habits. Most distressing is that if a teenager becomes morbidly obese in adulthood, most scientific studies have shown that diet and exercise alone are not generally effective long-term.

Thus, the best treatment of teenage obesity appears to be prevention in adolescence. As obesity tends to affect more than one member of the family, the whole family should engage in good eating habits and regular exercise as a way of life. Dr. William Dietz of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) relates that 'of all the ways of tackling this problem, TV reduction appears to be the most effective measure in reducing weight gain in this population'.

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