During adolescence, as you know, your body begins to change with puberty and your menstrual cycle begins. You are also going through emotional changes, which are part of forming your own unique identity. As your body changes, so do your nutritional needs; your body mass will almost double, so you’ll need more calories and nutrients than at any other time in your life.

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Your metabolism rate is also high, so you may able to get away with the occasional cheeseburger at night and still fit into your skinny jeans the next day, but the habits you develop now will have long-lasting effects, so creating a healthy living plan for diet and exercise will help you develop a strong body that looks and feels good as you age. Maintaining a high level of fitness will also lower your risk for disease, reduce stress and protect your bones and joints.

Knowing Healthy Guidelines

As your body matures, your emotional health changes too. You may become self-conscious and start to diet. Some girls take dieting too far and run the risk of developing eating disorders. Others will struggle with other emotional and physical health problems, including drug addiction, abuse and the consequences of unprotected sex, like STDs or early pregnancy. Keep in mind that being aware of health guidelines and tests will help you stay healthy through your adolescent and teen years. For example, once you become sexually active you need to see an ob-gyn regularly. You should also learn the basics about breast health; your primary care physician will do routine checks when you are younger, but when you grow out of your teens, this will be very important to remember.

Women’s Health Services for Adolescents & Teens