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Lifestyle Diseases – A Dilemma For The Hip Indian Teen.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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... Well, its time you put a stop to these issues by taking charge of not only your jean and shirt buttons, but more importantly your eating habits and what you chow down on.

So, Hey you teen dudes and dudettes out there! It is time to wake up to the gravity of your situation and take control over your bulging tires.  If you consider yourself pleasantly rotund, or find you cant run around the block without panting, take action now to reverse these trends. As a teenager, your body can lose weight easily by cutting down on how much you eat and what you eat!

Fortunately, diabetes and heart disease are preventable, and can be avoided or at least delayed, with timely appropriate precautions. As teens you can lower your risk of developing these lifestyle diseases by changing or controlling the following factors:

1. Lets start with: What you eat!
  • Do you eat `junk' foods like fries, pizzas, burgers, pastries, doughnuts etc more than three times a week? Yikes! Ask yourself; do you really need to eat these?
  • Do you consume aerated drinks to quench your thirst? C'mon man, you can do better choosing lassis and fresh juices instead.
  • Are you the college champion in the `pizza-eating' contest? Here's a wake up test. Try putting a napkin on your pizza, see how much oil and fat gets absorbed by the napkin. That's whats going straight to your belly bulge.
  • Do you skip meals? Well, don't. Make them smaller.
  • Is breakfast the most frequently missed meal? This is a big No-No!!

If your answer is `Yes' to three or more of the above questions, then you are in trouble kiddoo; your dietary habits need a complete reality show type of makeover, NOW!
`Junk' foods are full of `empty' calories `0' and can slow growth, decay teeth, and promote super size tires around your waist.

Ok, lecture time:
A healthy eating plan including fruits and vegetables, low-fat milk and milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts and whole grains will provide your body the required nutrients in the right proportions. Ensuring that your diet is low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars will give added benefits.

2. How much do you burn off?
I am going to be blunt. Are you a `couch potato'? Is that going to be your claim to fame?
Being physically active can simply mean going for a walk with your friends or a bike ride, or even going trekking on weekends. It will make you more energetic, will a) helps you control your weight; b) strengthens your bones; and c) reduces your risk for chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

3. Whether you smoke or drink?
Getting to the real killers - Indulgence in Alcohol and/or Smoking.
Chilling out with friends is fun. But does the word `fun' have to come at the cost of your health and perhaps your life. I am not going to tell you what smoking does to your healthy lungs, or how alcohol can rot your liver through cirrhosis. But its.

YOUR life, your call. Watch what YOU eat!

By, The Dietetic Team @



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22 December, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Hi Shraddha from a mom`s point of view I can see where it comes from.

I guess you will have to make more effort of identifying and getting the teens involved with interesting and exciting outdoor activites. Also get them involved in community activities by setting an example or getting them to associate with NGO`s that do and you will see a paradigm shift in their thinking and activities.
We have seen sufficient positive examples without seeming smug.
Thank you

28 June, 2010 | Janki Patel | Reply

Janki Patel Hello Saumya
Please do make your son read this article or other articles that shows adverse effects of junk foods. Specially explain him that this may lead him to obesity.He will certainly not like to be obese. You can make milk shakes, mocktails or smothies for him. That will make him stop having colas.

28 June, 2010 | Saumya | Reply

Saumya I have 13 years old son who just refuse to eat meals if it is not accompanied by colas. I make sure to include plenty of variety in meals in terms of color, texture and try to make meals as nutritious as possible, still his fixation for colas, pizzas, burgers does not seem to go away.
Everyone in our family eats healthy diet and does regular physical activity. But seems peer pressure surpasses family habits too.
Is there any solution to this dilemma?

28 May, 2010 | Shraddha | Reply

Shraddha Hi,
I agree and with nth number of social networking sites coming up, teens are just glued to either laptops or mobiles in their spare time.They are losing intrest in outdoor sports too.

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