My daughter is 12 and is extremely obese. She seems to be hungry all the time. I have eliminated sodas, sugary snachs and fried foods. Still, she seems to be getting heavier day by day. Anyone have any advice on diet and
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Denikka - posted on 10/21/2012
Most importantly, you need to rule out medical causes for the weight gain. Things like thyroid problems can cause someone to gain weight just by looking at food. There are a bunch of other medical conditions that should be ruled out, so talk to your doctor.
Carbohydrates and fats are another big cause of weight gain. The general rule is that with every meal, half the plate should be vegetables, 1/4 should be protein and the other 1/2 should be pasta/rice/potatoes/etc.
Make sure that what carbs she is eating are not empty calories. Things like white bread or rice are just empty and crap. Use whole grain breads (not whole wheat) and wild rice. Things like oatmeal are also good. They stay with you and keep you full longer.
Basically, the less processed a food is, the better it is for you.
Watch out for veggie traps. Dips, sauces and stuff like that are so full of fat and calories, they're really not worth it. If you're going to eat a Caesar salad, you may as well be eating a cheeseburger. Watch what KIND of vegetables your eating also. Things like head lettuce (iceburg) is empty. If you are going to make a salad, try mixed greens or spinach. At least you'll be getting more nutrients instead of a dip delivery system :P
Portion size is another thing to watch. You'll have to look online, but in general, Canadian and American *portion sizes* are way out of wack. They are WAY too big. It helps to use smaller places and bowls. That way it seems like a lot more there and you don't feel cheated when you're eating less.
Another thing to mention, this is not a problem just for your daughter to deal with. This is a family problem and you all need to be in on it, whether other family members are skinny or fit or not. Singling your one daughter out as having the weight problem can lead to a lot of psychological and body issues. It's not about a diet or exercise change, it's got to be an entire lifestyle change for the entire family.
Good luck :)
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