Many parents of teenagers struggle with how to instill better eating habits in their children and often assume it is simply too late to change their teen’s behavior before they leave the nest for college. However, Sally Squires, who writes the Lean Plate Club™ blog, says research shows that may not be the case.
Squires said much of the work on fighting childhood obesity has focused on younger age groups because they have more time to develop healthy exercise and eating habits. Teens, on the other hand, are often thought to be more set in their ways and slower to take cues from authority figures. But the answer to that problem may be closer at hand than people think: team sports.
According to Squires, there is new research that suggests the teenage years provide a great opportunity to instill healthy habits that can serve adolescents well for the rest of their lives.