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Teen Body Changes

We all go through changes! This is especially true for Teens. Are you concerned that you or someone you love is not feeling good about his/her body or worse, is developing an eating disorder?

On a daily basis teens are bombarded with images suggesting “the thinner you are the better you look.” This seriously impacts the expectations many teens have about how they should look.

WHAT You Can Do?

Be sure to talk to your doctor! A great time to do this is during your annual check-up.  These annual check-ups a.k.a. well-visits allows your doctor to follow the normal growth pattern. This is very important to see normal and abnormal patterns in a growing body just as it is for a developing baby. The most difficult transition seems to be when hormones are continuing to change and the height stops. This is a difficult time for teens and can cause confusion and overwhelm them, resulting in an eating disorder at times.

Just for You

Do you ever hear your buddies talking about "being fat"? It's quite challenging to know what is a healthy weight and what is healthy to eat! What makes this even more difficult is many adults may have outdated or distorted views of what “healthy” actually means. Come see us at the visit us at the Child & Teen Wellness Center if you have concerns. One of our Teen Zone clinicians will be more than happy to meet with you. For now, check out this valuable resource from the National Eating Disorder Association just for teens.

BMI (BODY MASS INDEX)

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual. When combined with family history, and a good diet and exercise history - it helps determine if your teen is at risk for developing diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension or other health issues.

If the BMI is posing a health risk, your doctor can help you develop a plan which can bring the BMI down to a healthy range, thus, decreasing/eliminating risk of health issues.

Some websites we like with more information on BMI, diet, and exercise:

Just for You

BMI is a calculation used to compare your height to your weight. This is important because it gives your doctor an indication of your body fat percentage and is used to determine if you might be underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese. This calculation when combined with your family history, and a good diet and exercise history can help us determine if you are at risk for developing diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.

Take a look at this informative website just for teens about healthy diet and exercise choices: