Adolescents with Diet Pressure Later Suffer Obesity and Eating Disorders

Adolescents with diet pressure later suffer obesity and eating disorders as they become adult that those who were not instructed to lose weight in their childhood, according to the new US research.

The parents more likely seem to be encouraging their children to follow restricted diet plan, who had experienced a diet pressure when they were teens, as reported by the recently published online article March 6 in the Journal of Pediatrics.


Leading author of the published study, Jerica Berge from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis said in a statement that, “When adolescents were encouraged to diet by their parents, they were more likely to be overweight, engage in unhealthy weight control behaviors, binge eat and diet, and to have lower body satisfaction as adults. These results suggest that a pattern is created and passed from one generation to the next.”

In addition, the new study has also provided some fresh evidences indicating that even well-planned strategies applied by parents to force children to get slim down can be rebounded in later life in the form of eating disorders or obesity. Researchers say that poor diet habits such as consuming extremely low-calorie cleanses, skipping meals or taking supplements are not sustainable.

Nutrition specialist, Katherine Bauer from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor stated that, “Many people, adults and teens alike, desire to eat healthier and achieve a healthier weight. But achieving this is really hard when there’s so much misinformation about nutrition out there and so much pressure for quick fixes.”