Obesity is a serious chronic condition that affects people across all ages. It inflicts harm to a person’s health and if it is not addressed early, it may cause lasting psychological problems. Among adolescents, it has been said to be doing a lot of harm to those suffering from it. In the article Obesity Impairs Academic Attainment in Adolescence: Findings from ALSPAC, A UK Cohort, it is clear that obesity does affect the performance of adolescents in school. When their physical appearance makes them feel uncomfortable, they become insecure and lack concentration. This leads to poor performance in school.
This article relates so well to adolescent psychology because it also addresses the issue of adolescence being a crucial period in the development of a person because this is when a person develops healthy behaviors. The article also addresses the issue of obesity becoming a complex problem in the life of a child who has not mastered the art of dealing with problems with their physical appearance (Booth et al 40). Through this article, a person will get to understand the relationship between obesity and poor nutrition together with mental health disorders as well as emotional problems. There are quite a number of facts about obesity and nutrition that have been highlighted which show that indeed obesity is a major problem that is affecting many adolescents. One of them is that when an adolescent is battling too much weight, they seem to be too conscious about everything that happens in their lives. Their focus may shift from the very important things in their lives such as education, to less important ones such as the ideal figure and dress codes. A couple of recommendations have also been given which can help dealt with obesity.
Booth, J. N., Tomporowski, P. D., Boyle, J. M. E., Ness, A. R, Joinson, C., Leary, S. D. & Reilly, J. J. Obesity Impairs Academic Attainment in Adolescence: Findings from ALSPAC, A UK Cohort. International Journal of Obesity. Web, 11th March, 2014. Retrieved on 18th March 2013. Pp doi: 10.1038/ijo.2014.40