Teenage Weight Loss Program
Determining whether your son or daughter should be on a teenage weight
loss program is an emotional event.
Teenagers lose or gain weight the same way the rest of us do; by eating
less and moving more. The difference between a teenager and an adult is
the level of sensitivity to the subject.
Teenagers are by far more sensitive about their appearance and teasing
by peers or family members.
Teenagers are also more susceptible to dieting diseases such as
anorexia and bulimia. Teenage weight loss is a delicate subject.
If your teen comes to you and asks about starting a weight loss
program, your role is to be supportive and offer nutritional guidance.
Resist the urge to give too much help unless it is asked for. Don’t
give advice that is unsolicited. But if you are able to talk freely
about the subject and your teenager brings the subject up first, then
you can be as helpful as you need to be. There are many good
resources that offer teenage weight loss programs in a supervised
environment with properly trained staff.
If it’s your idea to put your teenager on a weight loss
program, you will need to be cautious, careful and tactful. Most people
don’t respond to pressure from other people by knuckling down and doing
as they are told. Teens are no different. On the contrary, if a teen is
overeating due to depression, boredom, loneliness or a number of other
emotional reasons, pressure from a parent, family member or peer, is
likely to make them feel even worse about themselves and drive them
even further into their eating disorder. It doesn’t help teens to tell
them that they are overweight. They already know that.
One good way to help your teen is to set an example by eating right
yourself. Putting yourself on a weight loss program yourself is a great
example for your teenager. Talk about food and nutrition at the dinner
table, but keep it in the context of your own eating habits. Inside,
your teen is longing to lose weight. By demonstrating willpower, practicing portion control, focusing on healthy content of food and
resisting snacks between meals, you will be setting good examples that
your teenager will be subconsciously absorbing, or even taking mental
notes on what to do by themselves.
Leave literature lying around the house on the glycemic content of
foods, and a small calorie book. Take your teenager shopping and let
them see you analyze the food labels. Put foods back on the shelf if
they are high in fat and make a casual comment such as “That’s too high
in fat, I am trying to lose a little weight, so I need to keep my fat
intake below 30%.” By keeping your comments light and casual and in
context of your own body, you will be educating them in a subtle way
that doesn’t make it personal or play to their sensitivity. This will
work much better than nagging, cajoling or forcing your teen into
weight loss. After dinner announce that you are going for a walk to get
some exercise and ask if anyone wants to join you. Don’t make it an
issue if they don’t. Just go anyway.
If you sense that your teenager is having real emotional issues, or has
a medical condition or an eating disorder, you should seek professional
help and ask about a properly supervised teenage weight loss program.
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