Teens’ Dieting Problems Stretch till Adulthood
Teens who suffer from disordered eating and dieting issues in adolescence continue to feel their ill-effects into adulthood, reveals a new research study. These issues include unhealthy weight-control behavior like binge eating, skipping meals and fasting.
The researchers monitored more than 1,000 men and women for 10 years starting from their adolescence. In both groups, unhealthy weight-control behavior remained high during the research study period. The number of participants affected by such behaviors also increased.
This study is featured a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The researchers say dietitians and health experts should focus on early detection and treatment of dietary problems experienced by teens and young adults.
Obesity is a growing concern and young people need to learn about the effects of dieting and bad eating behaviors. Youngsters who wish to diet should be provided accurate information about physical activity and healthy eating, to prevent them from being affected by unhealthy weight-loss practices.