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Health Problems of Being Overweight

What's the Right Weight for My Height?
One of the biggest questions guys and girls have is whether they're the right weight. Because the body is growing and changing so much during adolescence, it can be tough to answer this question.

Common Sleep Problems
Sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. If that sounds like you, find out what you can do.

Asthma
Millions of teens in the United States have asthma, a lung condition that causes difficulty breathing. Here are the basics on symptoms, triggers, and treatments.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
In polycystic ovary syndrome, the ovaries produce higher than normal amounts of certain hormones, which can interfere with egg development and release. Learn how doctors diagnose and treat PCOS.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
About 1 in 5 Americans has high blood pressure. Although it's more common in adults, hypertension can occur at any age.

What Is Cholesterol?
Before you start chomping on those cheese fries or that greasy burger, you might want to take a closer look at whether you're getting too much cholesterol.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
One of the biggest questions guys and girls have as they grow and develop is whether they're the right weight. One place to start is by learning about body mass index, or BMI.

When Being Overweight Is a Health Problem
A couple of pounds of extra body fat are not a health risk for most people. But when people are severely overweight, it can cause health problems.

Depression
Depression is very common. For more information about depression and feeling better, check out this article.

Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It?
Teens with type 2 diabetes and have to pay close attention to what they eat and do.

Blount Disease
Blount disease is a growth disorder that affects the bones of the lower leg, causing them to bow outward. The most obvious sign a person might have Blount disease is bowing of the leg below the knee.

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
A good, stable connection at your hip joint is what lets you walk, run, make that jump shot, and shake it on the dance floor. But in some teens – particularly those who are obese – the hip joint is weakened by slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE).

Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a signal that someone could be on the road to serious health problems. Find out more about it in this article for teens.

Acanthosis Nigricans
Acanthosis nigricans, or AN, is a darkening and thickening of the skin that can be a sign of certain other medical conditions. Find out more.

Asthma: Jordan's Story (Video)
Jordan has had asthma since age 2. In this video for teens he talks about what he did to get it under control.

Weight Loss Surgery: Stacie's Story (Video)
After struggling with weight her whole life, Stacie decided to look into weight loss surgery in her late teens. Here's her story.