Mocking of Teen’s Weight Increases Their Risk of Obesity
Mocking has an impact on health: according to a new American study, adolescents whose weight is criticized would suffer more obesity in adulthood.
It was already known that discrimination had an impact on health: according to a study conducted in December 2016, this form of harassment would promote high blood pressure, anxiety and certain mood disorders.
This time, researchers from the University of Connecticut (USA) investigated the impact of teasing on teenage weights. For this purpose, the scientists followed 1800 volunteers aged 15 years until their thirtieth birthday. Verdict? People who, in their teens, had been criticized and mocked about their weight were on average twice as likely to be obese in adulthood.
MOCKING FAVORS DANGEROUS FOOD BEHAVIORS
According to this work, published in the journal Preventive Medecine, adolescents who had been mocked and/or criticized for their silhouette were also more likely to adopt dangerous dietary behaviors (eg slimming restrictive diet), Being sucked into sugary snacks, nibbling under stress … Moreover, their self-esteem was also less than average. Not surprisingly, it is mainly the young women who are concerned.
US researchers at the University of Connecticut have highlighted the long-term health consequences of taunting on weight during the sensitive period of adolescence.
By following 1800 adolescents, aged 15 to 30, they found that young people criticized for their weight were twice as likely to become obese, and also to take bad eating habits and follow unhealthy diets.
The study also shows that they are becoming more and more compulsive eaters, guided by their emotions, especially young women who tend to eat more under stress or engage in restrictive diets.
On the psychological level, these young adults seem to be in a constant struggle with the image of their body considered bad, especially by women.
The classmates are not the only culprits. In the family circle, parents or loved ones should think twice before making remarks or jokes about weight, stresses the study. Again, young women are most affected by the judgments made by their family members.
According to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on childhood obesity published in August 2016 in Pediatrics, parents should “avoid alluding to the weight of their children, or even refrain from commenting on their own weight Or those of their offspring and instead help them develop a good body image by encouraging them to adopt a healthy diet and exercising to be in shape and not to lose weight.
American doctors also recommend that families take regular meals together. Although family meals are not required every night, eating together as often as possible is an effective way for parents to give good eating habits to the younger ones.
In total, 38% of adults and 17% of adolescents are obese in the United States.