Category Archives: Physical Health

Tips to Protect Teens from Eating Disorders

Today begins a national awareness week for eating disorders. It’s estimated that 30 million Americans (20 million women and 10 million men) have struggled with an eating disorder at some point over their lifetime. Eating disorders can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. They are a serious illness; in fact, eating disorders are the

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Why aren’t some teens taking coronavirus seriously?

As confirmed COVID-19 cases rise across the United States, parents might feel confused by or frustrated with teens who don’t seem to care about the pandemic, ignore recommended safety precautions, or believe the virus isn’t a problem at all. Parents need to remember that it is perfectly natural for adolescents to push boundaries, question authority, and embrace risk – their

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Tips for Teens to Stay Healthy at College

New college students have always faced an increased risk of illness from the flu, meningitis, mononucleosis and colds. But the COVID-19 pandemic brings a whole new host of worries. Some colleges are keeping instruction online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but many universities are bringing students back to campus with new health precautions in place. However, when you’re living

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What to Do if your Teen is Ignoring Pandemic Shutdown Orders

The stay-at-home orders across the country have been met with a variety of reactions from the public. Some people are eager to follow the directives, while others believe the restrictions are an overreaction. This can cause a lot of tension in homes if family members don’t agree on the lockdown. Just last week, in Atlanta, GA, a stepfather argued with,

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Activities to Do with Teens and How to Battle Anxiety During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, many families are facing the unimaginable … being stuck together inside for weeks in quarantine. With no outings or visits from friends allowed, this can be a daunting prospect and a recipe for boredom. So here is a checklist of possible activities to undertake with your teens: Make music (singing / dancing / lip

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Overuse Injuries Drastically Increasing in Youth

The number of children and teenagers visiting doctor’s offices with overuse injuries is climbing dramatically. An overuse injury is any type of muscle or joint injury – such as tendinitis, shin splints, or a stress fracture – that’s caused by frequent repetitions of the same movements. These types of injuries occur in a wide range of sports, including baseball, basketball,

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Teaching Teens Good Hygiene

As soon as puberty hits and the hormones start flowing, the hygiene requirements for your child change dramatically in many ways. Unfortunately, many parents avoid discussing the subject because it feels somewhat embarrassing. The problem is that teens don’t know what good hygiene is unless their parent teaches them, and teens who have poor hygiene face social exclusion and potential

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Concussions in Teens

The number of youth diagnosed with a concussion each year is rising. About 20% of teens said they have been diagnosed with at least one concussion in their lifetime. And nearly 6% said they’ve been diagnosed with more than one. Boys and girls who play contact sports were the most vulnerable with nearly one in three teen competitors reporting they

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Current Teen Trends: Less Drugs and Sex, More Depression

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) interviews several thousand students in its annual survey on teen behavior. The results were released this month. On the positive side, fewer high school students are having sex or abusing drugs. On the negative side, bullying is still a pervasive problem, and there has been an increase in the number

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Resources for Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week starts today. Eating disorders can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) states that the scope and severity of eating

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Hypertension on Rise among Teens

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when blood pushes too hard against a person’s blood vessels, potentially causing damage to the vessels and organs. The majority of people associate high blood pressure with older adults, but that is not always the case. Even children can have high blood pressure. Many people who have high blood pressure don’t realize they have

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