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What Does Body Mass Index Mean for Teens?

A Healthy Body Mass Index continued...

Don't go on a diet or stop eating food if you're worried that your body mass index is too high. Talk with your doctor first to find out if you need to make any changes. You should never make the decision to go on a diet or change your eating habits by yourself.

It's always important to eat well and stay active, so you’ll feel good and your body will be healthy. Remember to:

Eat veggies and fruits. Lots of them. Ideally, you should try to have at least 5 servings of them every day. Mix up the kinds and colors so you don't miss important nutrients.

Cut back on sugar. Avoid the empty calories in sugary drinks and sodas. Instead, drink water or low-fat milk.

Limit screen time. Too many hours with your TV, computer, or phone means less time moving and being active. So try to use these devices for fun no more than 2 hours a day. Also, eating while you sit in front of the TV or at the computer is a common habit. You'll snack less as you cut back on your screen time.

Move your body. You need to get at least 60 minutes of activity a day. It doesn't have to be all at once, so walk, run, or bike whenever you can. Five minutes here and 10 minutes there can all add up.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on January 31, 2016
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