Teen Obesity Essay

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In the past decade, teens in America have disregarded their healthy state due to lack of eating habits and exercise. However, teens are not to blame for becoming obese. Because of stress, depression, social pressure, and their grandparent's eating habits, it can be the key factors for teen obesity. As a result, schools can be the change in a teen's life by encouraging healthier eating habits. If eating habits do not change, teens will become obese. Besides unhealthy eating habits, there are many factors that can cause obesity: lack of exercise, overeating, medications, genes, depression, stress, and problems with family and peers ("Obesity in Children and Teens" par. 1-3). Over the past decade, teen obesity has risen from 14.4% to 15.8% …show more content…
2-6; Bouchez 1). An imbalance in serotonin will lead to depression. Also, serotonin will decrease when teens feel depressed and rise when teens eat food (Bouchez 1; Streich par. 2-6). As a result, teens will become obese and have a larger bone structure from their food intake (Streich par. 2-6). Likewise to the leptin-serotonin pathway, the hypothalamus is the CEO for making hormones (Martini and Bartholomew 276-277). The hypothalamus creates hormones in the body when needed. When teens eat food, dopamine and serotonin, the merry-maker hormones, releases from the hypothalamus and makes teens happy because of taste in food (S. Rowe and McNulty Walsh par. 1; Streich par. 6-7). Teens do not only eat food because of taste, but the "pleasure" it stimulates in a state of euphoria (McNulty Walsh and S. Rowe par. 1-2). Ghrelin, the hunger hormone, plays a prominent role in teens becoming obese because depending on its levels in the stomach it can make them eat more or less (Mirkin par. 2-4). Consequently, depression can contribute to an increase or decrease of hormone levels; however, depression can be onset from stress (American Medical Association 118; Domen; Bruno 1). Everyone experiences stress, but in different levels. Also, it is beneficial to have stress because it keeps teens "alert, motivated, and responsive to danger" (Bruno 1). However, teens experience stress on a different level because of school, sports,
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