Superfluous kilos and invisible



In adolescence, the weight excess are often source of complex. Yet, according to British researchers, 30% of young people are overweight or obese are unaware of their excess weight. Whether or not a denial, this “ignorance” does not help young people to take care of their body and therefore increases the risk of complications.

Beyond the physical appearance, overweight and obesity are the bed of respiratory disorders, cardiovascular diseases or diabetes. Still, some teens seem concerned make their extra kilos lightly.

For more information, British researchers interviewed 5,000 young people aged 13 to 15 years. Of the volunteers, 73% were of normal weight. Being overweight (BMI between 25 and 30) concerned 20% of the group, obesity – BMI over 30 – touched 7% of teens. All were asked about their perception of their own body: what weight do you do? Do you feel too thin, too round in the middle?

Balance the felt

The result of all volunteers, 40% were classified as “normal weight” category. A small fraction (0.4%) was too thin, 7% of young people of normal weight is considered overweight. And “more than a third of overweight or obese respondents did not consider themselves overweight. They even come to think that their weight was normal, “says the study published in the International Journal of Obesity .

“It is impossible to help a young kilos to lose her if he did not pay attention bowel being the most frequent,” says Professor Jane Wardle ( University College London), lead author of the study. “The nutritional balance, physical activity and awareness of weight” are essential to promote a progressive and appropriate weight loss, and thus limit the risk of complications.