Number of teens dieting rises by a third in 10 years, study suggests – Telegraph.co.uk

Last Updated on November 16, 2020 by

They found that 42 per cent of 14-year-olds said they were trying to lose weight in 2015 – up from 30 per cent in 2005.

Some 44 per cent said they had dieted and 60 per cent had exercised to lose weight, compared to 38 per cent and 7 per cent of those in 1986.

Lead author Dr Francesca Solmi, from UCL’s Division of Psychiatry, said: “Public health campaigns around obesity should consider adverse mental health effects, and ensure they avoid weight stigma.

“Public health campaigns around obesity should consider adverse mental health effects, and ensure they avoid weight stigma. By promoting health and wellbeing, as opposed to focusing on ‘healthy weight’, they could have positive effects on both mental and physical health.”

Campaigns should not foster feelings of guilt or shame but highlight positive aspects of exercise, such as improving strength, learning new skills, and socialising, the researchers said.

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