Adolescents – young people between the ages of 10 and 19 years – are often thought of as a healthy group.
But if you're serious about eating healthier and losing weight, you need to shake it up, change those bad eating habits, and start thinking differently about your diet and lifestyle.
The problem is that we get so comfortable in our ways that it's hard to give up those old habits.
"Many people are skeptical about changing their diets because they have grown accustomed to eating or drinking the same foods, and there is a fear of the unknown or trying something new," says John Foreyt, Ph D, director of the Baylor College of Medicine Behavioral Medicine Research Center. "Over time, habits become automatic, learned behaviors, and these are stronger than new habits you are trying to incorporate into your life," says Foreyt.
For example, tobacco use, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, poor eating and exercise habits, lead to illness or premature death later in life.
In a major report WHO summarizes evidence-based adolescent health interventions and provides guidance on priority setting and programming.