Health of adolescents on the decline

by | Aug 22, 2023 | BEAUTY & HEALTH, NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

The 2022 National Health and Morbidity survey has shown a prevalence of sedentary lifestyles and an increase in unhealthy habits, especially among adolescents, which has led to a decrease in general health.

The survey showed that one in three children aged 13 to 17 were overweight or obese, four in five were physically inactive, two in three led sedentary lifestyles, one in three consumed soft drinks daily and one in 10 ate fast food at least three times a week.

The diet of a growing number of teenagers is unbalanced as the survey found and recommended remedial measures to be effected immediately as four in five of them did not eat enough fruits and vegetables,

The survey found that the easy accessibility of food through home delivery platforms were a major contributor to this issue and there is also an importance of adopting a healthier lifestyle during this critical time of growth.

The survey commented that obesity often leads to Type 2 diabetes, liver and kidney disease, high cholesterol and the risk of heart disease in later life while females with obesity may experience hormonal imbalances.

The survey concluded that parents, guardians and teachers must play a more significant role in creating awareness and instilling in adolescents the need to be mindful of their health and to live a healthy life.