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Archive for June 12th, 2006

Do you get family support?

Posted by Dr. Susan on June 12, 2006

A lot of interesting research lately has been revealing that many parents think their children are NOT overweight when, in fact, the kids or teens really do need to lose weight. As you can imagine, this can make life difficult for kids and teens. If you’re a teen that has tried, but not been able to get support from your parent to help you lose weight, maybe this is the reason! If they don’t think you need to lose it, they’re not going to help you, right! But they could be wrong! Ask to see your doctor and let your doctor tell you the real scoop–if the doctor says you really do need to lose weight, ask for your mom or dad’s help. If they still won’t or can’t help you, you’re going to have to take steps on your own to become healthier–this could be a bit more difficult, but many teens break away from unhealthy family patterns and learn on their own how to lose weight, when they need to do so. If you are a parent, it’s important to be as objective as possible about your child’s weight. Being overweight can result in enormous physcial, emotional and social problems for your child. If it’s hard for you to provide a healthier home, ask for some help–adults need help too sometimes. Your child or teen deserves the healthiest home possible!

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