The Best Way To Help Teenagers Lose Weight is to Get Them Books Written Specifially to Them
According to the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III (NHANES III), one out of every six teenagers from age 12 to 19 were overweight. Within that number over 1/4 of non-Latino black girls within that age group were overweight.
There are so many factors that contribute to teenage obesity, that it is almost impossible to just pick one. Yes, we can say, eat less and don't eat fast foods but that does not account for other issues that may play a significant role in teenage weight gain. Peer pressure, depression, unhealthy body image and low self-esteem are all real issues plaguing teens today. Many teens are also not too concerned getting the proper amount of exercise by turning off the television, Xbox, WII or other games and becoming more physically active. More seriously, there could be undiagnosed heath problems that is causing weight gain leading to obesity.
As they mature into adulthood, children and teens who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, some types of cancer, respiratory problems, some psychological problems and sleeping disorders-just to name a few. As children and teens they are routinely victimized by other (as children can be very cruel), this victimization causes depression, poor self-esteem or even cause some teens to try and take their own lives.
It is important to get teenage obesity under control. The problem is too serious to cover in just one articles, so below is a list of great books that come highly recommended by other parents to help you and your teenager combat the issue successfully.
The Diet for Teenagers Only
Authors: Barbara Schroeder, Carrie Wiatt
This book is written for teenage girls. The authors help parents and teens to make sensible and healthy dishes. It is a great mixture of effective weight-loss strategies, sensible menus and a good honest talk with your teenager about food. The book discusses how girls body fat naturally increase during puberty, discusses the difference between good and bad carbohydrate, explains the Body Mass Index(BMI) and much more. It is a no-nonsense talk with teenage girls about their bodies and how to take care of it.
This book would be very helpful for teens looking for the correct and healthy way to lose weight and keep it off. With the exercise and nutrition advice, it’s not difficult to find a way to do it. There are many helpful suggestions throughout the book to keep you motivated and thinking realistically. Many teens, who are struggling with their weight, will be sure to find the correct way to lose weight, or just become healthier with this book.
I'm, Like, SO Fat!: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World
When "I feel fat" becomes a teen’s common refrain, how can worried parents respond constructively? With "I’m, Like, SO Fat!" Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer shows parents how to strike the difficult balance between bolstering self-esteem and offering constructive advice. Drawing on her landmark study, Project EAT (Eating Among Teenagers), and her experience as a mother of four, Neumark-Sztainer offers a wealth of science-based, practical ideas for instilling healthy eating and exercise habits, educating teens about nutrition and portion size, and talking about body image.
Dr. Susan's Girls-Only Weight Loss Guide: The Easy, Fun Way to Look and Feel Good!
Author: Susan S. Bartell
In addition to working with experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise, and eating disorders, she met with teens who scrutinized the content and shared their experiences. Twelve chapters cover topics such as taking control, genetics, eating disorders, and exercise. While the tone is upbeat, the message is serious: -dieting is not healthy and neither is constantly being critical of your body. You don't need to make exercise a priority over everything else in your life, and your self-worth should not be decided by the scale or the mirror. Frequent quizzes allow readers to rate themselves in such categories as self-control, body type, self-love, and food attitude.
The Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens
Author: Jay McGraw
Jay translates the seven keys that made Dad's diet book a mega seller into a smart, supportive teen manifesto for tackling unwanted pounds, body image problems and eating disorders. He uses examples and web postings drawn from his survey with 10,000 teenagers to underline a powerful message: "Weight is not about the size or your Levis or a number on the scale. It's about whether you use food to take care of your body or to abuse it." McGraw's approach is mind over milkshake, skewering the negative thoughts ("I can't have fun if I have to watch what I eat") that keep teens from experiencing "weight freedom." He examines self-defeating filters (denial, approval seeking , perfection, comparison)that distort a healthy approach to weight and also suggests a "peer and parent response plan" to avoid sabotage. He teaches how to scan the environment for eating cues.
Toning for Teens: The 20-Minute Workout that Makes You Look Good and Feel Great!
Author: Joyce L. Vedral
This book is not a part of the top 10, it is not yet out but it promises to be a great book on dieting for teens. This is fiction but seems to be an inspirational journey for teens.