How does teen obesity affect ones future?   

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Teen obesity has many negative effects.

The most obvious negative effect that obesity has on a teen's future is health related.  A growing trend among young people in America, obesity increases health risks for teenagers, including: higher blood pressure, increased chance of developing illness such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, and less physical activity and endurance.

Obesity more than likely will have a negative impact on that teenager's self image, especially since the suggested ideal body type prescribed by media such as magazines and television is a much leaner, thinner physique.  Both girls and boys might feel that being heavy or over-weight makes them less desirable as friends or a possible romantic interest.  Obesity negatively affects teenagers' self-esteem, often causing them to become withdrawn or have deeper psychosocial issues.

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