Teenage girls often suffer with low self-esteem, particularly when it comes to how much they weigh, and this could lead to dieting habits that may be unhealthy. In fact, researchers have found that teen girls on weight loss diets are more inclined towards exhibiting risky behaviors. Continue reading to learn more about this important topic, especially if you have a teenage daughter who is struggling with her weight and self-image.
Teen girls on weight loss diets are more likely to do things like binge drink, smoke, and skip breakfast. That’s according to a University of Waterloo study.
When compared to teen girls who don’t diet, girls who do diet were found to be more likely to participate in one or more risky behaviors.
More specifically, teen girls on weight loss diets were 1.6 times more likely to take up smoking and to skip meals like breakfast. They were also 1.5 times more likely to partake in binge drinking.
Experts aren’t entirely clear on why teen girls on weight loss diets are more inclined to gravitate towards unhealthy habits like binge drinking, in particular. However, the findings do suggest that going on a diet and exhibiting other risky behavior might all boil down to an underlying factor like poor body image.
This new research is unnerving because the majority of teen girls will admit that they have gone on a diet, especially since weight gain is common after puberty. Yet, all hope is not lost. By educating young girls on positive habits that support overall wellness and a healthy weight, perhaps we can all work towards keeping girls happy and confident.
If your teenage daughter has decided that she wants to go on a diet, consider that she might also be tempted to take up unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking. Rather than fighting her on her weight loss goals, work with her to encourage healthy habits, such as eating more whole food ingredients and less processed foods, exercising regularly, and meditating to maintain a positive and centered state of mind.