Weight Loss for Teenagers Can Spare Their Lives

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Obesity is considered a global health issue. About a greater percentage of the general population are suffering from either being overweight or obese. Adults who are obese are known for having an increase risk for developing certain diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and musculoskeletal problems. However, teenagers who are obese or overweight are also of the same heightened risk of having these diseases. Although, the game is just starting, it is not too late for these teens to shed their weight and gain a healthier lifestyle which can cut off the present health risks, according to a new study.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity continued to increase dramatically during the late 1990s for Americans of all ages. The percent of children and teens that are overweight also continues to increase. Among children and teens ages 6 to 19, about 15 percent of them are overweight.

The new study which was reported this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine, analyzed and assessed data from about 19,000 men who belong to the age group starting 18 years who were Harvard students. Upon starting college, these men underwent series of medical examination; also this includes measurement of their height and weight. After few years, follow up of the study was done by tracking down the study participants. The researchers were able to track down about 18,995 men who belong to the study participants and by this time, they were already 46 years old on average. Height and weight measurements were again done in order to gather data. In addition, lifestyle habits and medical records that might have a bearing on the risk of having heart disease were also collected.

The current study was followed up by new group of researchers, they gathered data regarding the records of deaths of the study participants and revealed that about 11 per cent of them died from heart disease. Also, the researchers concluded that there is a double risk of dying from heart diseases among those teens that are obese as compared to other teens that are of normal body mass index (BMI). Those middle-aged men who were overweight have 25 per cent increased risk of dying from a heart disease, and for those who are obese; they have 60 per cent increase risk.

Moreover, the researchers further conclude that based on the data they gathered, those men who are heavy during their younger years and made it to cut of their weight until their middle-age years have decreased the risk of dying from heart diseases.

According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, The percent of children and teens who are overweight also continues to increase. Among children and teens ages six to 19, 15 percent (almost 9 million) are overweight according to the 1999-2000 data, or triple what the proportion was in 1980. In addition, the data shows that another 15 percent of children and teens ages six to 19 are considered at risk of becoming overweight.



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