The best time for losing weight is when a youngster is over 14 or 15 years of age. This coincides with a major concern about one's appearance. A self-motivated teenager can follow a diet and lose weight regardless of what the family eats. But, set a good example:
- First: Change the foods you buy. Purchase more 2% milk, diet drinks, lean meats and extra fruits. Your teenager, however, has to be in charge of how much she eats.
- Second: Encourage exercise. The combination of exercise and diet is the most effective way to lose weight. Helpful exercise needs to occur 3 times a week. Walking, swimming, and biking are all good choices.
- Third: Encourage outside activities. Most snacking occurs between 3 and 6 p.m. Help your teenager fill after-school time with activities such as music, drama, sports, or a part-time job.
- Finally: If your teenager is having difficulty getting motivated, suggest she join a weight-loss club such as Shape Down or Weight Watchers. These are often available through local hospitals.
If you have other questions about losing weight, consult your healthcare provider. \
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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