In It For Health

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Prom Stress

Posted by Dr. Susan on April 24, 2006

At this time of the year proms, Jr. proms and other end of the year celebration dances and parties are just around the corner. The teen magazines are stuffed with slinky dresses and prom fantasy nights. But, for many girls that are struggling with weight (and even those not struggling) this time of year feels like anything but a fantasy.

You may be thinking that you’ll never look like the models (or even like some of your friends). You may also be worrying that you won’t have a date for the prom. You’re not the only one feeling this way! Here’s a link to a good article about prom stress (I was quoted in it!)

I can’t promise you that your prom will be all that you wish it would be, but please don’t get swept up in the media’s idea of what prom “should” be. It is really just another party—it’s not the biggest or most special event of your entire life. You CAN go to prom without a date—lots of girls go in groups with their close friends. And, most importantly, you WILL look beautiful and have a good time whether or not you are at the perfect weight. If you don’t go to the prom (or other party), remember, there are many ways to celebrate the milestones in your life—prom isn’t the only way. So, don’t use prom as an excuse to go on a drastic diet . Also don’t use unhappy feelings about prom as an excuse to overeat or stop exercising.

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