No country can boast of an active workforce and healthy economy if her young people are unhealthy. The young people are the hope of any society. A nation has no future without the young people. So, any country that wants to move forward must take the health and well-being of her young people very seriously.
Teens have to understand that smoking cigarettes or any other substance is against their health. No wonder the manufacturers of these tobacco products, though they produced them in order to sell them to people, still warn that smokers are liable to die “young”. If you look at that warning you will find out that they never said that smokers may die old. Why? This is because young people are the most smokers and then most vulnerable to diseases that come as a result of smoking. Cigarette contains dangerous substances such as carbon monoxide and tar which are disastrous to young people’s health.
Alcoholism is another problem the young people have been and are still battling with worldwide. It’s quite disheartening that some of these young people don’t even know the health implications of alcohol addiction. Some people claim that alcohol addiction reduces stress and depression but I think that the reverse is the case because it actually increases stress, depression and caps it up with high blood pressure.
In the United States and in various parts of Europe including the United Kingdom, drug or substance abuse and addiction is very common among the young people. There have been reported cases of young people addicted to cocaine, and morphine. These teens need to understand that these drugs and substances are harmful to their health because many, many teens die every year as a result of drug abuse and addiction.
Youths are very adventurous set of people. Many of them normally have sex routinely though they are not married thus exposing themselves to sexually transmitted diseases and infections. They need to know that they have to abstain from sexual intercourse until they get married or use condom, after all HIV/AIDS is still very real. They should take their sexual and reproductive health very seriously.
Engaging in physical activity or exercise is another thing the youths should place among their major life habits. They should get exercise at least 5 times every week. One hour each day is strongly recommended for teens.
The eating habit of young people is one of the most important aspects of their lives they have to watch. All these processed, junk and fast foods can lead to several problems. Teenagers need to eat more and more balanced diets. Many kids in the United States and the United Kingdom are either overweight or obese. And obesity is a medical problem that leads to other more complicated health problems.
Teenagers have to take proper care of their teeth. It is highly recommended that they should brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash after every meal or at least twice a day, that is after breakfast and before retiring at night in order to avoid tooth decay and mouth problems.
These are just some of the numerous things you need to know about your body and health if you are young but if you are not a young person you have a teen around you so you also need to know about these health issues. The health of our society depends on the health of our youths.