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Talking Nutrition with a Teen...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bf's daughter has been here for less than 48 hours so far. Early in the visit, she brought up that she needs to lose weight, because her doctor told her she was obese. (She's 5'2 and 145 lbs.) The doctor apparently told her she needs to weigh 120. According to the calculators IIII see, her weight puts her at a BMI of 26-- at the low end of overweight. Losing just 10 pounds puts her in the "normal" range. If she drops to 120 like the doctor suggests, she'd have a bmi smack in the middle of the normal range. So sure, it's a good goal to shoot for... but telling a 15-year-old that she's obese & NEEDS to lose 25 pounds doesn't seem like a good way to help a teen. She has enough body image issues as it is.

I don't think it's healthy to tell a 15-year-old to go on a diet. I think focusing on GOOD CHOICES is a great idea. I suggested she avoid soda & not eat as much junkfood.

She made me all warm & fuzzy when she told me that my progress is very noticeable & that she thinks I'm lookin really good. I mean, I'm still not happy with where I am, but I'm totally happy with where I'm headed! I don't know whether she was put up to it by bf or not, but it seemed sincere.

Anyway, no wonder we have girls hitting 20 or so, and doing crazy diets to try to lose weight. When a doctor's telling you that 10 pounds overweight is OBESE? That word just has terrible connotations. I hear that I'm obese & envision myself as a whale. Literally. With spots & a blowhole.

So what's the kid's plan to shed pounds? She informed me that she has been considering going gluten free because she eats too much pasta. I advised her that she should not go gluten-free unless she is allergic/intolerant of gluten, that maybe getting the high fiber or whole grain pasta would be better because it fills up better, and then just not eat as much of it! (She's a little pasta fiend!)

Hopefully in the next few weeks, we might have some luck with the messages of: get out & DO STUFF... and eat less junk!

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JJ4493 7/1/2013 2:30AM

    Wonderful encouragement and advice! I hope she is making good progress.

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NEEDBU66 6/10/2013 7:33PM

    Excellent advice. I know I was careful with my two girls as teens because the eating disorders were coming up a lot in the news and I sure didn't want my girls to have THAT problem. I'd love to hear an update in a few months.

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