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The lure of diet soda as a “healthy” alternative for children

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Sally wants to make healthy choices for her overweight children so she decides to swap regular sugar sodas for artificially sweetened, zero-calorie diet sodas. Unfortunately, she notices that they start to drink more diet sodas and their weights continue to slowly increase. She wonders why this change did not have the effect she thought it would.

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The connection between teen health and social media

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Teens are spending between 7-11 hours per day with different types of media and most adolescents are accessing media content on their personal mobile phones. This creates an extraordinary level of unsupervised access to the Internet that never existed before. Parents need to know what this means for their children.

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Teen dieting may lead to eating disorders

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Modern teens are in a difficult position. Thinness for girls and leanness for boys is prized by both the social media esthetic, popularized by Instagram, as well as current fashion trends. Ironically, the social pressure to be thin is happening at a time when more than 30% of adolescents aged 12-19 years are overweight or obese. Additionally, 50% of teen girls are, or think they should be, on a diet. 

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The risks of being overweight or obese as a child

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Parents of overweight children may see this problem only as an aesthetic issue that can negatively affect children’s self-esteem and social interactions, which is true. However, there are more pressing dangers of being overweight or obese during childhood and adolescence.

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