Teenagers who frequently weigh themselves can be predisposed to have psychological problems, as a new research has found out. Girls who admit that they weigh themselves more than usual are more likely to develop depressive disorders, weight complications and self-confidence problems, scientists discovered.
All results from this research show that, for a category of teens and younger women, self-weighing can be associated with emotional problems and is vital to be cautious when suggesting this method or other ways of weight loss that may be detrimental to some people. This study is an additional proof to the need of an expert who can properly guide children and teenagers during a complicated period in their physical and mental development
The multi-year research monitored almost 2,500 teenagers, most of them being females. They were asked questions, weighed and registered in 2000, when the majority of them were still in middle and high school, then again after 5 and 10 years as they have grown into young maturity. Overall, few subjects considered that they self-weighed rather “often”, the scientists revealed this week in the US medical publications.
However, among females whose responses about self-weighing were more frequent over the years, so did the bodyweight issues and signs of depressive problems, which can represent indicators of diet disorders, scientists noticed. For males, as revealed self-weighing was more frequent, so did issue about bodyweight, but the other emotional factors were not changed.
Parents, relatives, friends and teachers may have to ask further questions about weighing to collect more data if a teenager seems extremely preoccupied about her bodyweight. Self-weighing could be simpler to discuss about in the first place than depressive symptoms and self-esteem, experts say. From there on, contacting a doctor could be the following phase.
Obesity-prevention plans should prevent the aggravation of body image issues and weight by knowing how actions like self-weighing can have a negative impact on teenagers. Specialists also informed that their new research could not establish if self-weighing leads to lower self-esteem or a self-esteem problem makes teenagers to weigh themselves a lot often.
The new review is also restricted by its use of a very subjective word “often” to evaluate the regularity of self-weighing during the years. Thus, with regards to medical effects for doctors, they cannot figure out by using this information if there are some particular limits or regularity of weighing themselves in the respective age bracket that could act as an indicator to discover psychological health problems and physical complications.
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