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New Study finds Teenage Girls are at Risk for Obesity

July 18th, 2005

Teenage Girls are at risk for obesity at age 15 due to inactivity

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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 weight gain. 

 

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.

By Nicole Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer

 

 

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