New Study finds Teenage
Girls are at Risk for Obesity
July 18th, 2005
A recent study published online at
The Lancet journal’s website, showed
that teenage girls are gaining up to 20 extra pounds because of
inactivity. Teenage girls are becoming more susceptible to obesity due
to more activities that are inactive; watching TV, playing computer
games, chatting on the internet, and talking on their cell phones.
Of the 2,200 girls half were black
and half were white. The girls were from three cities in the United
States. The researchers followed these girls from the age of 9 to 19.
The girls were asked questions about what they ate as well as their
physical activity. The study measured there body mass index (BMI) and
The study showed that around the age
of around 15 – 16 there was a big decline in physical exercise which
caused excessive fat storage. The inactive black girls were
at a greater risk for the weigh issue, as they gained between
13.2 pounds and 19.8 pounds in excess weight. The inactive white girls
gained 8.8 to 13.2 in extra pounds.
Sue Kimm, a lead researcher in this
study by the University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, says that the
teenage girls can help prevent the weight gain by walking briskly for 30
minutes a day, five times a week. The report also said "In
adolescents now, lifestyles are extremely obesogenic,"
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, African American and non-Hispanic girls are at a high risk of
being overweight. In the 1999 – 2000 years, 24-27% of these 2 groups of
girls were overweight. There has been a continual increase of
overweight and obese children starting around the mid 1970’s. Overall
it is estimated that children in the age group of 6-11 have a 13% chance
of being overweight. The adolescents from age of 12-19 are at a 14%
chance of being overweight.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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