Diets Don’t Work so Why Are More Teens Dieting?

Well, my first thought was Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) — But this is merely an educated guess from an insurance guy who has lost 200 pounds and not a trained licensed practicing clinical psychiatrist.

In 2015, 42% of 14-year-old girls and boys said they currently were trying to lose weight, compared to 30% in 2005.

Lead author Dr Francesca Solmi (UCL Psychiatry) said: “Our findings show how the way we talk about weight, health and appearance can have profound impacts on young people’s mental health, and efforts to tackle rising obesity rates may have unintended consequences.

“An increase in dieting among young people is concerning because experimental studies have found that dieting is generally ineffective in the long term at reducing body weight in adolescents, but can instead have greater impacts on mental health. We know, for instance, that dieting is a strong risk factor in the development of eating disorders.”

University College London. “Dieting and weight worries on rise in teens.” ScienceDaily. (accessed November 21, 2020). —

And in case you made it this far on this blog post my estimated BMI at age 20 was 53.1. My current BMI is 25.1.

5 thoughts on “Diets Don’t Work so Why Are More Teens Dieting?

    • I met a wonderful Italian girl in college. She was 5.6 200 and I was 5.10 370+. We decided to “diet” together, basically 1000-1200 calories per day. Basically low fat, low calorie eating. We went to Rutgers in New Brunswick NJ, four campuses all spread apart. I ditched the campus bus and walked everywhere. Gave up pizza and beer. So like you said, exercise and eat right. The buddy system was also highly motivational.

      • It sounds very fortunate that you met her. Yes I agree the body system is definitely motivational. Did you marry her?

        Yes, exercise, eat right and also get enough sleep. I don’t think that is emphasized enough. Going through medical residency is horrendous. I think it’s absolutely barbaric. From what I have read, now it is better than it was when I went through in the 1970s. But still they work residents way longer than they should. It would cost more but I believe be so much better for the physicians, the university, and their patients to make programs longer and work hours shorter.

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