Hello i am 14 years old and im wondering if there is a safe diet for my age or if there is a safe dieting pill thank you!
There are no specific diets that are recommended for young adults and diet pills should definitely be avoided.
If weight loss is your goal, first meet with your doctor and see if you actually need to lose weight. Many times teens may feel they need to lose weight, when in fact they are at a normal and healthy weight. Your doctor will be able to help guide you in lifestyle changes if weight loss is appropriate and help monitor your progress as rapid weight loss is also dangerous that can lead to such things as heart problems, malnutrition and dehydration.
TeenHealthFX recommends changes in lifestyle behaviors to maintain a good health. This includes a healthy, balanced diet with a wide variety of foods, including protein, fats, and carbohydrates. The answer to Eating Healthy can help guide you. Being active for 30 to 60 minutes a day is also important for a healthy lifestyle. This can include walking, jogging, biking or any other sports. Limiting screen time is also important for teens. Spending no more than 2 hours a day combined on television, video games, computers, tablets or phone is recommended.
Diet pills are NOT a healthy or recommended way to lose weight. Ingredients in diet pills are not regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and can be dangerous to teens. Side effects can include heart problems, difficulty breathing, shakiness, malnutrition, difficulty sleeping, and rapid weight gain once off diet pills.
Again, it is important to speak to your doctor about weight goals and healthy behaviors such as healthy eating and exercise. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.
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33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse. 18
Nearly two in five 12th graders report using some kind of vaping device in the past year. 7
1 in 4 teens contract a sexually transmitted disease every year. 11
In 2017, persons aged 15–24 years represented 62.6% of all chlamydia cases. 10
More than 130 Americans die everyday from an opioid overdose. 9
In the next 24 hours, 1,439 teens will attempt suicide. 14
In the next 24 hours, 2,795 teenage girls will become pregnant 12
Only 50.6% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder received treatment in the last year. 8
90% of daily tobacco users begin by age 18 13
Many teens reported feeling overwhelmed (31%) and depressed or sad (30%) as a result of stress. 16
37.3 percent of 12th graders reported vaping in the past 12 months 15
Two-thirds of those who developed alcohol or substance use disorders have had a mental health disorder. 17
In 2016, 56 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers 22
21% of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are among people aged 13-24 years old, most of those being 20-24. 19
59% of all students in grades 9 to 12 indicated that they had not yet had sex. 21
1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship 23
50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide 24
There was a 78% increase in e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018. 2
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. 1
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 12-18. 3
Young people aged 15–24 years acquire half of all new STDs 4
In 2017, 5455 teenagers died from an overdose 5
44.88% of teens feel stressed “all the time.” 25
59% of U.S. teens have personally experienced at least one type of abusive online behaviors. 26
In 2017 2,734 teenagers (ages 13-19) died in the United States from crash injuries. 27
Roughly 40% of teenagers will try drugs at least once, which means 60% will not. 28
The average 12th grader spends approximately 2 hours per day texting. 29