Powerful Tips For Parents of Overweight Teens

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Diet for Teenagers

Introduction

In addition to regular exercise and providing a healthy diet for teenagers, there are several things a parent can do to support them in their goal of losing weight. Read on for a few good ideas that can help your teenager get there more quickly.

No Pressure

Be mindful of any extra pressure you may be adding to the emotional stress of being overweight. If you do talk to them about their weight, be sure your attitude is always positive and let them know you’re there for them.

Ultimately changing their habits is a decision they’ll have to make, but you can make it easier by refraining from adding extra pressure on them. Leading by example rather than lecturing is a great way to help your teenager during their difficulty.

Focus on Health

Being thin isn’t always the result of being healthy. Focusing on becoming more healthy instead of simply thin will naturally promote weight loss. As a parent you can make suggestions, but you can’t force your teenager to think a certain way so again the best course of action is to take this approach in your own lifestyle.

Throw Away Bad Foods

It may seem wasteful to throw away the junk food, but isn’t it more costly in the long term to continue living an unhealthy lifestyle? Go through the pantry and refrigerator looking for foods that you know are dangerous to your teenager’s goal of losing weight and simply throw them out.

When you do this, you should immediately replace them with healthy alternatives. Aim for foods low in sodium, sugar, and white flour. Fruits and vegetables should be a staple in your kitchen while your teenager is trying to lose weight.

Learn About the Health Risks

It may be helpful for your teenager to learn about the risks of being overweight. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits will help them avoid:

  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Blount’s Disease – A bone deformity caused by excess weight on growing leg bones
  • Sleep apnea – Improper breathing during sleep
  • Gallstones – Painful accumulation of hardened bile in the gallbladder that may require surgery

This is only a very short list of conditions that can affect your teenager in the long term.

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