Obesity is a diagnosis that is increasingly being made in adolescents and children today. Environmental degradation, malnutrition, including an increase in the proportion of fast food and semi-finished products in the diet, a decrease in motor activity — all this leads to weight gain in children. Unfortunately, it is often very difficult for parents to cope with this problem on their own. Then the help of specialists such as a teenage nutritionist is required.
The importance of learning about proper nutrition
The problem of excess weight in children today is so acute that schools even introduce extracurricular activities dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition.
Scientists, whose research data were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consider adolescence a critical period in life when eating habits can profoundly change eating habits for years to come. Nutritionists consider it very important for adolescents to receive nutritional support in terms of education in order to improve their knowledge of nutrition.
It is worth emphasizing that this is also important because malnutrition entails many health problems. This applies to both diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and cardiovascular pathologies, problems in the functioning of the musculoskeletal system, endocrine system, etc.
Special work is being done with children whose obesity is the result of a genetic disease. So, experts whose research data were published in the journal Pediatric endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, believe that a properly formulated diet can prevent malnutrition in the early years of life and the development of overweight in the future in children with Prader-Willi syndrome.
Features of weight correction in adolescents and children
Methods for correcting excess weight in adolescents begin with work and interaction with parents, because family traditions and the way of life of the child often lead to overweight. When parents forcibly force him to eat up from early childhood, when they often arrange feasts with friends and relatives, this can cause weight problems for all family members.
The psychological factor should not be discounted either, because children in adolescence undergo a process of personality formation associated with emotional instability, increased interest in their appearance, self-affirmation and self-determination, misunderstanding, and love experiences.
With the help of food, a teenager can drown out some negative emotions — fear, anger, anxiety, which ultimately leads to the appearance of excess weight. In any case, only a specialist can take into account all the provoking factors in the complex, having compiled a competent program for weight loss.
Of course, without the participation of parents, it will be difficult to implement it. Adults will also have to rethink their approach to cooking, change the habits that have caused problems for the child.
Often, parents start looking for some kind of diet, cut the child’s diet, depriving him of vital nutrients, or even buying “magic” weight loss pills. It is better not to rely on your own strength, but to seek help from a specialist who will develop a nutrition system based on the data of the necessary examinations, prescribe medication along the way, if necessary, and help to cope with emotional problems, psychological dependence on food.