Weight issues could be due to excessive snacking, lack of exercise or sleep.
The cornerstone of good health is a healthy weight. This is true for children, teenagers as well as adults. Excess weight at any age is considered a health risk.
Excess weight increases your risk for chronic life-threatening health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It can also shorten your lifespan. It is therefore imperative to manage your weight, keeping it within the healthy range, throughout your life.
Overweight teens not only have to live with health risks and the prospect of being obese in their adult years, but they also must deal with teasing from their peers and social isolation.
“Bullying related to excess weight can affect a vulnerable teenager’s body image and self-esteem for life,&rdquot; says Dr Sonali Ganguly, Consultant at the LIFE Centre, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group.
Whether you’re a teenager or a parent, read on to learn more
tips on how teenagers can best manage their weight.
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The Health Promotion Board (HPB) conducts annual school health visits to provide free health screening and immunisation services. HPB also conducts health education and health promotion programmes on lifestyle practices. HPB’s Student Health Centre, which generally provides preventive and screening services, follows up children referred from the school visits above.
Youth Preventive Dental Service (YPDS) provides oral health screening for pre-schoolers at some childcare centres as part of the Preschool Oral Health Screening and Fluoride Therapy Programme. Parents will be informed of the screening findings and recommended follow-up action through an "Information Sheet for Parents" that is downloadable from HealthHub.
YPDS also provides free basic dental services to Primary and Secondary students through school dental clinics and mobile dental clinics.
Annually, Primary 1, 2, 4 and 6, Secondary 1 and 3, and ITE Year 1 students who are enrolled in the school dental programme will be screened and treated by YPDS. Students in other levels who require dental services may visit the school or mobile dental clinics for free consultation and treatment.
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