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Teens Health: Eating Disorders, Sexual Health & More

Young people as a promising age group of the population represent an important potential for social development and a significant object of social policy in the field of health. The current demographic situation causes a constant reduction in the size of the age group of young people with a constant increase in the incidence. The maximum growth rates are characteristic for the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and in adolescents – for obesity and diabetes. Overall, Teens health indicators are worrisome and require adequate measures.

In this article, we’ll let you know about the different factors of Teens health like eating disorder, sexual health and more.

Teens Health: What is the Right Weight for My Height? 

The right weight depends on several factors:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Built and body fat percentage
  • Body Mass Indicator (BMI) tool is a great way to find the exact weight for any particular height
  • Teens should involve themselves in physical activities and regular exercise.
  • Exercising does not have to be a structured programme. Activities like skateboarding, cycling, etc. can be of great help.

Eating Disorders

The eating disorder primarily refers to an abnormal eating habit which may be both insufficient or excessive eating habits.

Binge Eating

  • Binge eating is when a person has no control overeating.
  • People mostly indulge in binge eating to cope up with stress

Also, read about: Eating Disorders – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Taking Care of Teens from Drugs, Smoking, Alcohol 

Parents can educate, protect their child with the help of conversation but when it comes to life’s tougher topics like drugs, smoking, alcohol, just figuring out what to say, or how to deal with is quite challenging. Here we have provided some common ill effects of smoking, alcohol which you can convey to your child, no matter their age.

Ill-effects of drugs

  • Severely detrimental effect on both mental and physical health
  • Schizophrenia
  • Asthma
  • Death (due to drug overdose)

Ill-effects of smoking

  • Lung cancer
  • Damages liver and heart
  • Impotence
  • Gum disease
  • Weight gain

Ill-effects of alcohol consumption

  • Indistinct speech
  • Confused behaviour
  • Memory loss
  • Motor impairment
  • Lack of concentration
  • Breathing trouble
  • Liver damage
  • Death

Dealing with Different Mental Conditions

  • Follow a proper routine
  • Exercise
  • Avoid drinking
  • Socialize
  • Learn to face fears
  • Visit a therapist

Peer Pressure

Peer pressure refers to the influence that a teen’s friends or friends of friends may have on him in terms of values, style, thought process, attitude and behaviour. This would be expected for him to follow in order to conform to the group norms.

Friendships

Teens have the freedom to choose friends. However, parental guidance is always a safe bet.

Dating

Dating means when two people meet each other with the intention of understanding each other more on a romantic level.

Healthy relationship

Healthy Relationship is when two people enjoy spending time together and can ask for help from each other.

The key factors to a healthy relationship are:

  • Take your own responsibility and be transparent to your partner
  • Have a clear communication between each other
  • Be ready to forgive each other
  • Spend quality time together

What is social phobia?

This is a kind of Social Anxiety Disorder – a continuous fear of being around people. Teens that have social phobia generally suffers from low self-esteem and fear being criticized. Socially phobic teens avoid talking to interacting with new people, talking to them over the phone and working with them.

How Many Hours Should I Sleep?

Teens should get about nine hours of sleep every day.

Safe Sex

Safe sex refers to taking all precautionary measures during sexual activity to avoid pregnancy, stay protected from Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD).

Common Misconceptions About Sex

Myth

Truth

Withdrawal means birth control Not true as pregnancy can still occur
Oral sex is safe If one is in contact with body fluid of infected person can catch an infection
Pills protect against STD Pills just protect from pregnancy
No pregnancy during the menstrual cycle Not always right as some women are still fertile during periods

Also, read about: Most Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases in India

Sexual Harassment / Sexual Bullying?

Sexual bullying or harassment refers to comments, action, offending statements targeting a person’s looks, body parts or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment may be oral or by action and likewise, bullying can be done by sending improper text, pictures or video.

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