In a lunch-buffet experiment involving kids ages 8 to 17, researchers found that boys routinely ate more compared with girls their own age. But boys in their mid-teens were the most ravenous of all — downing an average of nearly 2, lunchtime calories. The pattern makes sense, given that boys usually hit their growth spurt — putting on height and muscle mass — in late puberty, according to senior researcher Dr. Jack A. Yanovski, of the U. Yet, while teenage boys have a storied reputation for packing it away, there had actually been little objective evidence that this is the norm.
Emotional eating is when people use food as a way to deal with feelings instead of to satisfy hunger. We've all been there, finishing a whole bag of chips out of boredom or downing cookie after cookie while cramming for a big test. But when done a lot — especially without realizing it — emotional eating can affect weight, health, and overall well-being. Not many of us make the connection between eating and our feelings. But understanding what drives emotional eating can help people take steps to change it. One of the biggest myths about emotional eating is that it's prompted by negative feelings. Yes, people often turn to food when they're stressed out, lonely, sad, anxious, or bored.
Dr Dillner's health dilemmas: should I worry about what my teenager eats?
The problem: A recent national survey shows that teenagers don't eat enough fruit and vegetables one in 13 eats the recommended five a day , scoff too much saturated fat and don't get enough iron and calcium. But there are so many battles you can have with your teenager — can you face a food fight too? And what if, by focusing on food, you manage to tip your teenager into an eating disorder? Food is the fuel that teenagers grow up on so of course we should worry — even if many of us ate just as badly when we were teenagers.
Ah, the adolescent male appetite. Those always hungry growing boys who eat standing up, drain the quart containers of milk or juice, and are fully capable of finishing off as an after-school snack the whole lasagna or pot of stew or cold roast beef that was supposed to serve as dinner for the family. Are teenage boys eating too much protein? What do we actually know about the dietary habits of adolescent males, beyond the sitcom jokes? Elsie Taveras, the chief of general pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, is an expert on childhood obesity.