It is sad to say, but there are many obese and overweight children that really are unhappy during their childhood due to being viewed as an outcast by their peers as it relates to their weight. This comes with a lot of emotional duress for the child, especially when the child graduates to become a teenager.
The Teen Years
During the teenager years, it is very difficult to fit in. It may be possible, if you have wealthy parents or popular because of your humor. However, in most cases, it is not possible. During those years of being overweight, you may feel as if you are not good enough, you don’t meet the social standards of other teens and you are not accepted. You may be targeted by a minority group of skinny teenagers who are seeking the limelight. In those cases, bullying is usually the result.
As an obese teenager, you are going to always be conscious of your appearance, especially when it does not match up to many of your peers. You probably have a heavy feeling when it is time to go to school or go somewhere in public. Society can be very cruel when it comes to how they stare and make ugly comments about the overweight teenager. In many instances, if you were to go to the mall, for example with your mom, people would stare angrily at your mom as if to blame her for you being that way. While this may be partially true, it doesn’t mean that you should face the public scrutiny, embarrassment and hurt.
As an overweight teenager, you will face some kind of embarrassment out in public, but you will also face it when you have to share changing room with a bunch of skinny teenagers on your way to gym class. Has that happened to you? You are not alone. Teens from all over the globe encounter that same problem too.
As an obese teenager, you will face discrimination among your peers and when you are out in public. Discrimination comes in many forms, but especially subtle as your own teachers may see you as being ‘fat and lazy.’ People have little tolerance and compassion for the obese. A teacher, for example, may choose another teenager over you to try out for an extracurricular activity.
In the past two decades, clinical obesity has seen an increase from six percent to a whopping fifteen percent. In fact, many pediatricians and family doctors will tell you that it has become a chronic epidemic among teenagers and children. Obesity has hospitalized many teenagers over the years with a threat to their health.
When you are a teenager, it is normal to want to look a certain way physically. An overweight teenager cannot get to dress the way the skinny counterpart does. You probably won’t be able to fit into the latest designer clothes and look like the majority. Parents should be instrumental in providing emotional support and encourage exercise and healthy eating. With a poor body image, teenagers can have a lack of confidence and low self-esteem. This can also result in depression and other emotional issues that can carry over into adulthood.