Teenager Health

Teenager HealthAt all stages of life, one of the most important things is to be healthy. This page will give tips on how to keep teenager’s bodies as healthy and balanced as possible. For more information on some mental health issues that many teenagers deal with, like eating disorders and body image, see the other sections of this website.

Nutrition & Diet
With society pressuring teens to have certain body types (see “Body Image” under “Teenager Problems), some teenagers want to try teen diets, but it is important to focus on eating healthy rather than on dieting. During growth spurts, the average female requires around 2,400 calories per day and the average male needs between 2,800 and 3,000 calories per day. Once growth levels off, the recommended calorie intake is 2,000 per day. The less ingredients and the closer to nature food is, the healthier it is. Besides the occasional treat and indulgences, avoid processed foods or those high in sugar. Stick with whole wheat, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy products. Parents should not make teens “eat everything on their plates”; in our world of over-portions (Super-sized meals, etc), teenagers should not be taught to eat more than their body wants/

Exercise
Like everyone else, it is important for teenagers to be active and get exercise every day. Everyone’s body is different, but most experts recommend a minimum of one hour per day of activity. Many teens are engaged in sports, and it is important to note that many teenagers’ bodies don’t have the capability of building muscles until the end stages of puberty. Everyone’s body is different, and yours will develop at its own speed.