No one food can make you smarter, trendier, more attractive or help you succeed in your chosen career but it might surprise you to know that what you eat and how often you get active can seriously affect how you feel.
It’s a fact that many overweight teenagers are bullied. Being bullied can make you feel lonely and you might think you haven't any friends. You’re not alone.
What to do if you are being bullied
- Tell someone. You might feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about this but afterwards you will feel better. Talk to a friend you can trust, your parents or a teacher. If you can't tell them face-to-face write them a note explaining how you feel. If you find this difficult, or they don’t believe you, confide in someone outside your immediate family such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle or a youth leader.
- Try and stay in safe areas during breaks and lunchtimes where there are plenty of other people.
- If you have a mobile phone be careful who you give your number to. If you receive threatening phone calls or e-mails then tell your parents. It is a criminal offence to send offensive or threatening phone messages.
- Also if you use social networking sites be careful about who you have as a ‘friend’ or ‘follower’. If you receive threatening or upsetting calls or messages then tell your parent or carer.
- If you are new to the school, college or a new worker try to make friends by starting a conversation about anything, schoolwork, music, sport, your favourite TV program. Find out what they like and if you have any similar interests – this could be the start of a great friendship.
- Get more advice from Need2Know or Young Minds.
Even if your friends are all supportive of you and there isn’t a bully in sight, being overweight can still get you down. Tipping the balance between the energy (calories) you get from food and the energy (calories) you use up everyday will help you achieve a healthier body shape and size. If you want to find out more about what you can do to manage your weight there are lots of helpful pages on this site. Start by checking out the Making Changes and Being Activepages.
It doesn’t have to up a upward battle. Just a few simple changes can make a big difference over time especially if you are still growing.
Boost your Mood and Confidence
Being a teenager can be a tough time. So many things in your life seem to be always changing. As you grow up and become a young adult you’re expected to do more stuff at school/college as well as take more responsibility at home. If you’ve left home for the first time or are starting your first job that’s challenging too.
Getting plenty of exercise can help with feeling more confident and more in control. Why? Because being active can boost your mood and help you feel great. It works like this: Exercise has been shown to result in a change in the levels of different chemicals in the brain. These chemicals promote a feeling of well being. Exercise also has the effect of eating up stress chemicals and can give that relaxed feel-good factor.
Have Plenty of Energy
A good intake of vitamins and minerals
As a young adult you need plenty of energy (calories) for growth and to keep up with the pace of life around you. But did you know that certain vitamins and minerals help your body to unlock that energy and release it? Many of these nutrients are water-soluble vitamins which means they can’t be stored in the body. In other words you need a daily supply from the foods you eat each day.
Make sure you eat three meals a day
Your body needs fuel to make it run smoothly just like a car needs petrol, oil, brake fluid and water. Carbohydrates and fats are the main fuels that the human body runs on. During the night stores of carbohydrate (glycogen) run low. Having a good breakfast is an important way to replace these stores.
And it’s a well-known fact that those who miss meals tend to have poorer diets than those that eat three meals a day.