Dieting Pressure in Teens can Increase Risk of Obesity and Eating Disorders

Dieting pressure in teens can increase risk of obesity and eating disorders, according to a new study.  A study published in the Journal Pediatrics says adults who were pressured by their parents to diet during adolescence may have food and weight problems as compared to teens who weren’t forced to lose weight.


Researchers reported in Pediatrics that teens who received encouragement to diet from parents during their adolescence were more likely to do it with their own children. The research claims that this pattern is created and passed from one generation to the next.

The new study involved the data from eating surveys that 556 participants completed while they were teens. The researchers also examined results from online surveys the participants completed as adults 15 years later. The researchers found that 37 percent of the teens said their parents encouraged them to diet.

When the participants grew up, those who had been encouraged for the diet were 25 percent more likely to be overweight and 37 percent more likely to be obese as compared to the teens who weren’t forced to lose weight during their adolescence.

“Many people, adults and teens alike, desire to eat healthier and achieve a healthier weight,” said lead study author Jerica Berge of the University Of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. “But achieving this is really hard when there’s so much misinformation about nutrition out there and so much pressure for quick fixes.”

The researchers said that this study has some limitation and they will look deeper into this theory of weight and parental pressure that claims dieting pressure in teens can increase risk of obesity.