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Teens Health: Frequently Asked Questions

Teens health: What is the right weight for my height?

The right weight depends on various factors like age, height, built and body fat percentage. Body Mass Indicator (BMI) tool is a great way to find the exact weight for any particular height. Teens should do a lot of physical activities and regular exercise. Exercising does not have to be a structured programme. Activities like skate boarding, cycling, etc. can be of great help

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorder means abnormal eating habit. It means both insufficient and excessive eating habits.

Binge eating is when one has no control over eating. People mostly do binge eating to cope up with tensions or deal with unfavourable emotions.

Why are drugs, smoking and alcohol bad for health?

Ill effects of drugs are – Severely detrimental effect on both mental and physical health, Schizophrenia, Asthma and Death (due to drug overdose)

Ill effects of smoking are Lung cancer, Damages liver and heart, Impotence, Gum disease.

Ill effects of alcohol consumption are Liver damage, Memory impairment, effects at potency

How to deal with anxiety, bad moods and depression?

  • Follow a proper routine
  • Exercise
  • Avoid drinking
  • Socialize
  • Learn to face fears
  • Visit a psychologist (in extreme cases)

What is Peer pressure, Friendship, Dating and Healthy Relationship?

Peer pressure refers to the influence that one’s peers exert on an individual in terms of values, style, thought process, attitude and behaviour, which he/she needs to follow in order to conform to the group norms.

Teens have the freedom to choose friends. However, parents should guide them while choosing friends

Dating means when two people meet each other with the intention of understanding each other more on a romantic level.

Healthy Relationship is when two people enjoy spending time together and can ask for help from each other.

The key factors to healthy relationship are:

  • Take your own responsibility and be transparent to your partner
  • Have a clear communication between each other
  • Be ready to forgive each other
  • Spend quality time together

What is social phobia?

It is a kind of Social Anxiety Disorder, a condition in which there is a continuous fear of being around people. Teens having social phobia generally suffer from low self –esteem and always have fear of being criticised. Socially phobic teens avoid talking to strangers, interacting with them, talking to them over phone and working with them

What is Safe sex?

Safe sex means taking proper precautions during sexual activity to avoid pregnancy, and remain protected from the Sexually Transmitted diseases (STD). Condoms are generally made of latex and used during intercourse which prevents pregnancy. It also acts a shield against Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

What are Sexually transmitted diseases?

Diseases that get transmitted mostly as a result of direct physical contact (intercourse or oral sex) are called Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STDs. For example: HIV/Aids, Syphilis, Genital Herpes, etc.

Myths about STD?

STD from a toilet seat –It is wrong because STD infection dies as soon as they are out of the body for a long time.

Pills protect against STD – It is wrong because pills just protect from pregnancy, not from any STD

What is Sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment or bullying refers to comments, action, offending statements targeting a person’s looks, body parts or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment may be oral or by action and likewise bullying can be done by sending improper text, pictures or video. Anyone who is facing sexual harassment, must bring this up with the appropriate authorities, such as, HR of work place, police authorities, women cell, helplines, etc.

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