The growing health concerns for teenage obesity are understandable. The outcome of teenage obesity is alarming when the heath perspective is seen. This is more annoying because the health troubles rising due teenage obesity trail off to adulthood. Reports suggest that obese teenagers are more likely to develop strokes, heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, stress and depression in later years than non obese teens.
Further facts can get you more restless, however below are the long terms effects of being an obese teenager.
Teenager obesity: Long Term Health Problems
1. Orthopedic Problems
The body of an obese teen is not ready to bear excessive weight. This induces complications related to bones which shadow into adulthood. Teenage obesity can cause overgrowth of leg bones, limit motion and cause pain in hip plate and back.
2. Sleep Apnea (SA)
It is important for young teenagers to get good sleep, but many obese teenagers face Sleep Apnea. A kind of sleep disorder, SA causes obstruction in breathing, sometimes even stopping breathing altogether. This disturbs the sleep patterns for affected teen causing them to wake-up. In some cases this disorder does not cause conscious waking up, but prevents teens from getting deep sleep.
Excessive weight also contributes to severe respiratory problems among teenagers in form of asthma
It is very rare to find blood fluctuation in teenagers, which can be tagged as abnormal blood pressure or hypertension. Due to growing teenage obesity the chances to find children with elevated blood pressure (ages 5 to 18) has increased. The occurrence is 9 times more frequent among obese teenagers with 2.4 times high diastolic blood pressure and 4.5 times for high systolic.
5. Social stigma & Psychosocial Effects
Obese teenagers are extremely conscious about their appearance. They repeatedly face teasing, petty jokes and casual remarks about their weight. This leads to the development of low self-esteem and lack of confidence. Such children cut themselves from people and friends, becoming inactive and lazy.
Repeated lack of appreciation makes them feel neglected and they further indulge in unhealthy eating habits. Depression in most obese teenagers have been reported which leaves them in extremely very week mental state in adulthood.
6. Diabetes (Type 2)
The probability for obese children to have high fasting blood insulin levels (a warning sign for type 2 diabetes) is 12.6 times more than non obese children. This is being the jarring consequences of teenage obesity, which is primary reason for increasing cases of Type 2 diabetes among teens and children alike.