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How Teenagers Harm Their Bodies

Unfortunately, there are just so many ways that teenagers harm their bodies and hurt their chances for a healthy adolescence.  The teen years are a time for experimentation and often a lack of activity and bad behavior.  Understanding the different ways that teenagers do harm to themselves can help parents encourage their children to do the right thing every day.

Using Drugs and Alcohol is Harmful

There are few activities more harmful to the young body than abusing drugs and alcohol.  In addition to the obvious health hazards associated with these substances, they also stunt the development of several key internal functions.  Drug abuse and drug addiction can lead to problems with physical health, emotional well-being and in the worst case, even death.  Teen alcohol abuse remains one of the biggest problems facing our youth, as more and more die every year from alcohol poisoning or drunk driving incidents.

Eating Unhealthy Foods

It is so hard for parents to get their kids to eat right.  When they aren’t at home, they usually indulge in fast food or sugary snacks, both of which can lead to weight gain and other problems related to their physiology.  Even those kids who don’t eat at chain restaurants during the day may still be at risk if their parents are too busy to prepare well-balanced meals each evening.

A Lack of Good Exercise

When a teen sits down to play videogames or surf the Internet they aren’t moving much of anything besides their fingers and their wrists.  Hours add up and this inactive activity – especially when mixed with snacking – can lead to very unhealthy habits that are hard to break in college and beyond.

Teen Smoking and an Unhealthy Future

Few activities cheat young people out of a healthy future quite as seriously as smoking.  Teens who smoke are likely to carry on the habit into their adulthood – at which point heart and lung disease become more likely.  Thousands of people die every day as a result of smoking – many of which began when they were in their teens.

Help Kids do RIGHT by Their Bodies

Parents are in a position to help their children avoid these pitfalls.   By educating them from a young age about the potential dangers of all these activities (including drugs, drinking alcohol, lack of exercise and smoking) parents are able to instill good habits.   Setting a good example is also incredibly important.  Put simply, healthy parents tend to raise healthy kids.  And when these things are taught in the home, the chances are much greater that the child will make good decisions when they enter into a tempting situation with their peers.”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"

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