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Dealing with an overweight teenager


Help your child fight the bulge.

While some teenagers are extremely figure-conscious, others cannot care less, and few others are constantly battling with their excess weight. They start with rigorous physical exercises, but give them up very soon. What role can parents play in this battle with the bulge? 
 

Don't tease your child

The worst thing you can do is to make fun of your teen, especially in public. Don't ever laugh at your teen or call him or her names like chubby or fatty, even if the teenager takes it sportingly. Parents should show sensitivity towards their teenager's weight problem. If your daughter does not want to wear the swimsuit for obvious reasons, do not push the point too far.
 

Be a role model

The schedule followed by parents can set a precedent for children. A pro-active constructive lifestyle of parents can inspire a teenager to exercise regularly. For instance, if the mother is in the habit of walking after dinner, children will also be less inclined towards lazing around or constantly watching television. Therefore set a family tradition of physical exercise. Pay importance to maintaining physical fitness. 
 

Diet

Don't put your teen on a crash diet without previous consultation with your doctor. You should cut down on sweets, but let the restrictions be relaxed once in a while. Let your teenager gradually understand responsibility of a balanced diet. Don't make a big deal out of it. Try and be as subtle about dietary restrictions as possible. For instance, substitute full cream milk with low fat milk. Don't give too many fried munching items. It is unfair to serve rich and fatty foods for the rest of the family and then expect your teenager to skip it. Do not tempt your teenager unnecessarily. 
 

Encourage sports and outdoor games

Encourage your teenager to play different types of sports. If time and resources permit, get a membership in a gymnasium club. Never let the child leave the club course incomplete. Make him or her realize the value of the gymnasium fees.
 

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cherry.7 years ago
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great article and congratulations!

it seems that losing weight for most teens is a never-ending battle. but when it comes to diets, "one size does not fit all."

teenagers should take into consideration their weight, age, sex, height and caloric requirements based on their physical activity and lifestyle as well as all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that their growing teen body needs in order to be healthy.

keep up the good work!

the staff of
overweight-teen-solutions.com
parkland, florida, usa
 
 
 
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chuang.7 years ago
i'm from the philippines. i'm glad you have this kind of article. they could help other overweight teenagers alleviate their situation.
 
 
 
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my children are over-weight. i am single parent. i give them food , because i know nothing else. they eat and eat,then sit. i do not know how to help, i myself am over-weight, i eat because i am depressed. when my wife died are family just ate and ate and ate and ate. i cannot cook so we usually have food from resteraunts, which are even more un-healthy. my children are teased,and often called ladoo, motu, and fatty boys. and people call us the fat family. i am not a good rolemodel for my kids, but do not kno how to loose this belly and extra weight. i would call 1-800-jennycraig. but i can't even fit through my door. plz help before my kids die because of their obesity.
 
 
 
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helper.7 years ago
yes i am a overewieght teen ager but don't just let ur child eat and sit and eat. after they have them go burn the carbs. otherwise thell turn into fat kids like me. im so fat i cant see over my fat when i lay down. the best thing is to make sure they eat less and healty foods. then burn off the fat. i hope this works for you. it only works for some people. un fortunatly it doesent work for me.
 
 
 
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helper part 2.7 years ago
go search the weight watchers diet it might help any diet might! gook luck
 
 
 
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Nat Jones.7 years ago
hi am 13 boy. i am nearly 165kg and i think in supposed to have a skinny build i am so fat i can barely walk for a short while and i cannot run.i cannot stand up wwithout adult assisstence off the ground. i also have trouble in the toilet. i also can't put my hand up in class. what should i do? i can't exercise coz i'm too fat and i broke a chair the otehr day. also i have 4 chins and can barely fit through doors, lert alone car seats.
what should i do?
 
 
 
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concerned.7 years ago
i am worried about my weight i am 14 years old and my family tells me that im not overweight and getting slimmer. i dont believe them and i think to myself are they telling me this because they dont want me to go on a diet. i dont need to lose alot of weight just 10 lbs how can i do this? i know i need to cut the junk food and i am trying and as a kid its hard giving up soda i did though and now i only drink orange juice, water, and seltzer water. i excersise
everyday now and have stayed the same weight.please can you give me some advice. for: nat jones try diets and dont give up eat good fruits and vegetables and avoid the heavy carbs
 
 
 
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concerned.7 years ago
i am worried about my weight i am 14 years old and my family tells me that im not overweight and getting slimmer. i dont believe them and i think to myself are they telling me this because they dont want me to go on a diet. i dont need to lose alot of weight just 10 lbs how can i do this? i know i need to cut the junk food and i am trying and as a kid its hard giving up soda i did though and now i only drink orange juice, water, and seltzer water. i excersise
everyday now and have stayed the same weight.please can you give me some advice. for: nat jones try diets and dont give up eat good fruits and vegetables and avoid the heavy carbs
 
 
 
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So confused.7 years ago
i'm 13 and i weigh 200 pounds.
i am 5"7" and in 8th grade. i
want to know if i should do like women do and diet. please
help me!
 
 
 
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