Teenage daughter is over weight

Anna Marie - posted on 11/30/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My is daughter is 14 going on 15 and she is over weight. Any time I try to talk about her weight she shuts me out. What can I do?????

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Sarah - posted on 11/30/2014

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The best place to start would be a complete physical with lab work to be certain she does not have a physical condition like hypothyroidism or ovarian hyper-stimulation. Also, it is important to rule out depression or an eating disorder. If she has a large amount of weight to lose, the doctor can help you set a meal plan and a exercise routine.
She is shutting you out because she is self-conscious and perhaps she feels judged by you. Is she the only one in the family struggling with her weight?

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Sarah - posted on 11/30/2014

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To stop discussing her weight is probably wise, but if the whole family need to change eating and exercise habits, then do not dawdle on making changes. In fast, even if she is the only overweight person in the family, it needs to be addressed now. However, you can put a positive spin on it by joining a gym as a family or taking her to see a nutritionist.
One child of a family that suddenly gains a significant amount of weight is usually symptomatic of a different problem than overeating or lack of exercise.
Does she participate in any school extracurricular activities? Does she have a close circle of friends?

Dove - posted on 11/30/2014

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Stop talking about her weight. Maybe the whole family needs a change in lifestyle (eating and physical activity) for overall health. Talking about her weight is just going to make things worse as you are 'picking' on her and that has got to be so hard on her self-esteem.

The focus should be on healthy eating to properly fuel the body and FUN ways to exercise.

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