How come a lot of thin kids tend to get fat as they age and a lot of fat kids tend to get thin as they age?
My mom also agreed with me. She told me she knows tons of people from her old high school who used to be thin as teens and now they are big and obese. And vice-verse with the ones who were fat/chubby as teens. Now they are thin adults. My mom was one of those chubby teens. Now she’s thin (ever since she entered her mid-20’s). And my two cousins (who are now 20 and 23). One was a thin teen and is now very overweight adult. The other was a chubby teen and is now a thin adult. Why does it seem to reverse as people age?
Because skinny kids don’t learn and develop good health habits early. If you can eat whatever you want and not work out and remain thin, you don’t learn how to adjust as well as you age and your metabolism slows down. Likewise, if you’re overweight as a kid and want to lose weight, you learn about good diet and exercise habits early in your life. The mind-state of losing weight and maintaining good health stays with you throughout your life, and you don’t let yourself get fat again later.
Thin young people take their thinness for granted. They’ve always been able to eat what they want without gaining weight, so they don’t moderate their eating and make better choices as they get older. They also may not be in the habit of exercising regularly. Chubby teens have to make an effort to lose weight as they get older, so they are more conscious of what they are eating if they want to lose weight. That habit of moderating their food intake continues as they get older. I can’t say I agree with your premise, though. I know people who’ve been thin their entire lives as well as others who’ve always been overweight.
- Are Our Children Too Fat? (simplysenia.com)