A new study warned that obesity campaigns cause teens to overestimate their weight and push them to eat a strict diet that leads to mental disorders. And scientists have found in
A new study warned that obesity campaigns cause teens to overestimate their weight and push them to eat a strict diet that leads to mental disorders.
London College scientists found that the number of children exercising specifically to lose weight has increased since 1986, possibly as a result of the British government’s campaign to fight obesity.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the study found that 60.5% of British girls and boys between the ages of 14 and 16 exercise to lose weight, up from 6.8% in 1986.
It seems that teens are exercising more than ever with the goal of losing weight rather than loving activity or improving health. While this is good news for efforts to reduce childhood obesity, researchers fear that the “anti-obesity” campaign will drive young healthy people of normal weight suffering from eating disorders such as: loss of appetite.
Researchers argue that the increased focus on obesity prevention could have unintended consequences.
“Our findings show how the way we talk about weight, health and appearance can have profound effects on the mental health of young people, and efforts to address the high rates of obesity can have unintended consequences,” said the author of the report. study, Dr. Francesca Solme.