Teens look to inner circle for healthy role models

PETALING JAYA: Teenagers are taking their parents or older siblings and friends as role models when it comes to staying fit and having a healthy lifestyle.

Armand (not his real name), 15, said his elder brother has been his source of inspiration on living healthy.

“He took me to the gym and taught me how to use the equipment there,” he said.

Since then, Armand has made it a point to visit the gym three times a week, and even introduced the habit to his friends.


“I enjoy working out with my friends and we encourage each other to achieve our fitness goals,” he said.

Recalling the days when he used to indulge on fast food, the teenager said although he looked slim, he carried a high level of body fat.

“My brother eats a lot of vegetables and fruits at home, so I tend to follow his diet. I hated it initially but my brother kept encouraging me to keep at it.

“Now, exercising and eating healthy have become part of my life,” said Armand.

As a primary pupil weighing 80kg, Luck (not his real name) used to be teased in school.

Annoyed by the name-calling, he decided to change his appearance when he went to secondary school.

“I started jogging and spent more time playing basketball,” he said.

Now 16, Luck has an athletic body and actively participates in sports.

“I am feeling good and more confident,” he said.

Luck thanks his coach and his basketball mates from the neighbourhood.

“They are all working adults in their 30s. They invited me to play with them and encouraged me to stick to my weight loss goals..”

Abiramy, 17, has followed in her father’s footsteps and is also into running.

“He is a marathon runner and my guiding force on staying healthy.

“My father also influenced me when it comes to eating healthy,” she said.

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