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 How does my body change when I lose weight?

=> If I lose weight will i change in other ways? (i.e, get taller,risk of diceases get lower,etc.)

 If you are overweight, then there will be many benefits when you start losing weight. Consider these advantages:
Healthy Weight School
You get teased less.
You can move faster and are more nimble.
Lower chance of stroke.
Reduced risk of developing diabetes.
Less joint problems.
Less stretch marks.
Arteries open up so the heart isn't overworked.
Blood pressure within a healthy range.

Details about the benefits of being a healthy weight can be found in the Healthy Weight School section.

Losing weight does not directly affect our height. Studies have shown that height is determined by our genes (from mom and dad) and to a lesser extent, nutrition (the types of food we eat). Do not assume that a taller stature means better health as there are many tall people who have health problems - weight related and not. And many short people who are quite healthy!

 I Can't Stop Eating.

=> please help i cant stop eating nothing works

=> hi i am 11 years old and i weigh 180.0 lb. i am gaining about 5.00 lb every week. When i see good things in the house i eat it all because its so good. its like it calls my name. what should i do??? PLEASE HELP ME LUCY!!!!!

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Gaining 5 pounds per week, or lacking control to stop eating when you know you should, are signs of a food addiction. The key is to figure out which foods you can’t resist and then setting up a plan to cut these foods out of your life. Like people who become addicted to drinking or smoking, moderation rarely works. Instead, to successfully overcome an addiction means removing the problem substance from your life -- chocolate, donuts, pizza, pop, chips, cookies, fast food -- any of the foods you can never self-limit. The “How Do I Lose Weight” page can explain and guide you through this process. Saying Goodbye to the Food Drug is also a helpful Lucy tip.

Successfully giving up an addiction may require addressing the emotional reasons that trigger you to overeat. Consider exploring some of these emotional reasons, which can include boredom, anxiety, frustration, depression, loneliness, anger, embarrassment, and even happiness. Visit our Comfort Eating page to learn how other kids are dealing with emotions and overeating.

 Is exercise necessary to lose weight?

=> can you loose weight without exercising just eating healthy and drinking lost of water?

=> will i loose weight if i eat really healthy (no exercise)?

This is a great question. Lucy created a tip specifically on this topic called “The Three E’s: Eating vs. Exercise vs. Emotions”. Is losing weight a balancing act between these three E's? Check it out!

 Stretch Marks! Are they bad?

=> i just wanted to ask, if having stretch marks at the age of 12 is bad, because i do have them like everywhere. i have them on the sides of my body, around my belly button, on the top of my growing boobs and on the under of my arms! i really want to get rid of them before it is too late and they dont go away. ive tried to lose weight but it doesnt work. my sister said that i need to lose the stretch marks otherwise they wont go away for the rest of my life, that scared me! and now i really REALLY want to lose them please help me before its too late!

 Stretch MarksMany kids get upset with stretch marks because they don’t look good. The appearance of stretch marks means that the body is expanding faster than the skin can grow. When the skin can’t keep up, tiny, microscopic tears in the form of red or purple lines appear in places where we tend to store extra fat. These marks often develop in the areas you describe - belly, under arms, sides of body, thighs, buttocks, and hips. Basically a stretch mark is skin damage that may result in some scarring, but these usually fade over time. Many women get stretch marks on their bellies during pregnancy, but they lose their color after the child is born.

Keeping your skin well hydrated by drinking plenty of water can help accomplish two things:
1) maintain skin elasticity and prevent or reduce further damage
2) help reduce your calorie intake because you feel full more often

It takes quite an excessive amount of calories to not only gain weight, but gain weight so rapidly that stretch marks appear. This may be a sign of emotional eating or a food addiction. See if you relate to other kids who report emotional eating and also consider if there are particular foods that you eat all the time or can’t refuse. If so, it is time to Say Goodbye to the Food Drug, and "How Do I Lose Weight"

 Is it okay to drink sugar free drink mixes?

=> Hi Lucy, I use to dring alot of soda but my mom made me stop and she starting by the buying the sugar fee drink mix that you add to a bottle of water the box says only five calories is this ok to dring if you are trying to lose weight the bottlle of water has to be 16.9 ounces to one drink package.

 Cutting out pop and replacing it with sugar free drink mixes should help you lose weight as long as you aren’t eating more or exercising less than before. For example, one 12 ounce can of Pepsi has 150 calories. If you typically drink one of these every day, you can lose 15 pounds per year just by drinking water instead. You can lose 30 pounds if you stop drinking two cans of Pepsi per day.
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Sugar free drink mixes usually have an “sweetener” to make them taste sweet. Common artificial sweeteners include aspartame, saccharin, sucralose (Splenda). There is some ongoing controversy over whether artificial sweeteners pose health risks including actually causing weight gain by making people feel more hungry. See “Controvery over health”under Sugar Substitute in Wikipedia to learn more.

If you are concerned, or you still have trouble losing weight despite using these sugar free drinks, then try ice tea (or hot tea in the winter), water, or water flavored with a little lemon juice. You may have to make conscious effort to wean yourself off sweet drinks, because they can be addicting!

 Why is my son overweight when we as parents are not?


 Your statement sounds like you expect a strong genetic factor for determining your son’s weight (“...WE DONT KNOW WHERE HE GOT IT FROM...”). While kids usually take after their parents in healthy weight or overweight, much of this can be attributed to lifestyle and eating habits, which often are similar within family and friends. See, "Study Says Obesity Can Be Contagious". However, when one person’s weight within a family is not consistent with everyone else, looking at how emotional factors play into food habits can often help explain these weight differences. Pleasurable food, usually junk food, serves to drown out bad emotions such as stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, boredom and more. This can then lead into a vicious cycle where a child feels bad about gaining weight and eats more to make themselves feel better, leading to more weight gain and more overeating. Ask about and listen to your son’s feelings to see what problems are bothering him. We believe children who are morbidly obese suffer from some degree of food addiction, which usually started as a way to deal with unpleasant emotions. Talking to your son about his life and his problems can help. A 12 year-old, 189 lb., wrote on our board, "If parents would simply listen to their kids, less kids would go to the fridge when depressed." See "Parental nurturing can help turn off emotional eating" on the Parents of Overweight Kids page to learn more about how to help your son.


=> I am so glad that you are thin my story was close but my friends didnt get in trouble one day my friends and i wanted to have a race so we did i was so far behind because i was so fat when i was thin i could run like a track star how do i loose weight i dont want them to know i want to loose weight thanks for your time

=> Hi, I think im fat and It is almost summer! I really AM NOT gonna talk to my mom about it and I dont like me like what I look like I need to lose wait how??

=> I'm an overweight teen and i REALLY want to lose weight. However, i feel ashamed to tell my family about this. I know that they will talk about me behind my back, and might make fun of me. I love them, but it's just the way they are sometimes. What should i do?

 Some kids are not comfortable talking with family or friends about their desire to lose weight. This is okay. You may have reasons based on past experience where family or friends did not show interest or enthusiasm for others trying to lose excess weight. Examples of these problems, reasons why some parents and siblings (and even friends) work against you, and ideas for solutions can be found in this Lucy Tip. Here are just two solutions from this tip:
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Don’t let them bring you down. If your family remains judgmental or critical of your decision to lose weight, don’t take the comments personally. Their statements and actions are usually based on their own feelings of insecurity. Most likely your family doesn’t fully understand the challenges you face with being overweight. Instead, focus on the positive that you know that you are doing something good for yourself.

Plan your responses to common sabotage tactics from family members. For example, if a family member is often tempting you with unhealthy food, have some responses planned in advance. They can be: “Thanks, but I just ate.” or “It looks delicious, but I will pass.” If they are persistent, you can say “I’m trying to do something good for myself. Please support me in this.”

Other kids may have parents and friends who would be happy to provide support in helping you lose weight, if only they knew how important it is to you. For ideas on how to approach your parents and friends, visit the below links to more Lucy Tips on this subject.

Talking With Your Parents About Your Weight Loss Wishes (here)
A Little Help From My Friends (here)

 How can I lose weight this summer?

=> Well I am 4 "11, and I am 110 pounds... I'm hoping to lose weight over the summer. I need some tips for losing weight... Thanks :]

=> me and my mom would apereciate it if you can help. Me and my loving mom  both need to lose weight. I weigh about 155 and I'm only 10.My mom weighs 144.Pleas can you help me and my mom pppppppppppppplllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

=> i am 132 pounds and i'm 11.I'm here for vacation and before i came here for vacation i was good on loosing weight,now i am gaining weight.my goal is to go to:100 pounds.what can i do that will help me.

=> Hi, i am 15 years old i am 5 feet and 6 1/2 inches and i weigh 199 lbs. How can i lose weight? And how would be the fastest way to? what kinds of things can i do?

=> Im 12 years old,5 feet and 5 inches and i weigh 145 pounds.I would like to lose 35 pounds in two months when my first year of middle school starts.I would like to wow everyone with how much weight i lost.I could be realy pretty and get my 1st boyfriend.That would make me so proud of myself and i would never stop what i was doing to stay healthy.

 Most of you sound like you are ready to lose weight this summer. We do not give individual advice on how to lose weight since each kid differs in what works best for them. However, understanding the reasons why you gained excess weight may help you better tackle overeating. Read “Why Did You Get Overweight?” and “How Do I Lose Weight?” to learn how calories, exercise, emotions, addiction, and comfort eating all play a part in leading to childhood overweight and obesity. With this knowledge, you will be more likely to succeed in losing weight once you decide you would like to change your habits.Boy Skateboarding

Then visit our Lucy Tips page to find more information on how to lose weight. For example, summer time tips include:

Summer Success: Beating Boredom Blues (here)
How to not overeat (here)
What you see is what you eat (here)
Start Summer Smart! (here)

Keep in mind, losing weight faster than 1-2 pounds (1/2 - 1 kilogram) per week, may not be healthy and usually doesn’t last (see response 2 sections below titled "How fast can I lose weight?"). Thus, if there is not enough time to reach your goal by a certain date (like the first day of school), don’t get discouraged. Even reaching 1/4 or 1/2 of your target may be noticeable by important dates and you can continue to improve as the year progresses.

 Are you overweight?

=> um im like 14 and i weigh like 137 pounds i wanna be like 120 or 125..i just wanna know what should i do?


=> I'm 13 and about 5'1, 110. Am I overweight? My body type is a medium.

=> Dear Lucy,     I used the weight calculator and it said that I'm obese. I dont want to be obese.I eat healthy and exercise alot but i never lose weight. I am 12 years old, 5feet tall and I weigh 150.6 pounds. Ive decided to stay a little overweight. I want to weigh 125. Should I weigh that much? How much should I weigh and how can I achieve that goal?

=> im 11years old, weigh 142.2 and am 5'6 tall  am i overweight???

=> i am 130 pounds and 5"5 so how much would i need to loose to be a normal healthy wieght.

 Before you lose weight, you should figure out your weight status. Are you healthy weight? Overweight? Obese? The best way to find out if you are overweight is to enter your height, weight, age, and sex into our weight calculator on the home page. The weight calculator on our website is designed for kids ages 2 through 20. Our weight calculator differs from weight calculators that your parents (or anyone over 20) would use because they have stopped growing! Thus the formula (mathematics) is different for determining healthy weight between kids and adults.

The weight calculators can provide a healthy weight range based on your information. Whether you consider your body type or frame - small, medium, or large - does not matter. This is because the healthy weight range is wide enough that it includes all these body types.

If the calculator shows that you are overweight, visit our Healthy Weight School to learn more about how you can get started in losing weight.
Kid's Weight Calculator
For Kids, click here: Kids Weight Calculator (ages 2-20)
For a healthy weight range, kids need a BMI percentile between 5 and 84.
Our weight calculator will provide the healthy weight range based on your information.

For the adults who visit our webpage, use the Adult Weight Calculator (ages 20 and up) from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to assess your own weight. For a healthy weight range, adults need a BMI number between 18.5 and 24.9

 How fast can I lose weight?

=> i was just wondering.. since i don't want to lose a lot of weight fast, and just gain it back i wanna lose it FOREVER.. im confused because so many people tell me losing 3 lbs a week is healthy, and youll keep it off and others are telling me thats not true, only 1.5 lbs a week is healthy. you're the professional.. so which is it? can i lose about 2 lbs a week and thats healthy enough to keep off? please answer!

=> I weigh 185 pounds, 5'2. Id like to lose 80 pds in the next 8-9 months. Would that be possible to do/be healthy? And I wouldn't gain it back?

=> hey lucy i just wanted to ask you how long did it ake you to lose weight and how

=> Lucy,I'm 13 yrs old. I'm a overweight girl. Been trying to lose weight at about the age of 11 1/2. I'm going to high school now.can you give me advice please on how to shred the pounds fast?

=> hi,im 12 and weight 167 and can u tell me what u did to lose soooo much weight i really want a lose 15-20 ponds in 2 months is that pollible and tell me some good excursises i can do ...and what to eat please thanks

 Most health professionals recommend losing about 1 to 2 pounds (1/2 to 1 kg) per week as a safe rate of weight loss.

Tomato and Measuring TapeLosing weight any faster than 2 pounds per week is difficult and unhealthy for most people. Doing the math shows why. About 3500 calories are in a pound. To lose 2 pounds per week (7000 calories), one would need to take in 1000 calories less than they need each day of the week (1000 calories x 7 days = 7000 calories per week). The following shows how two girls, all else being equal except their weight, differ in the number of calories consumed that maintains their current weight level.

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15 year old girl, 5'5", 130 pounds, moderate activity level: Eats about 2150 calories per day

15 year old girl, 5' 5", 185 pounds, moderate activity level: Eats about 2500 calories per day

In order for the overweight girl in the above example to lose 2 pounds per week, she would need to reduce her food intake by 40% (2500 - 1000 = 1500 calories per day) in other words, eating almost half of the amount she currently eats. Trying to lose 3 pounds per week would mean this girl would be eating only 1000 calories per day, or about a third of what she used to eat. This is quite hard, as well as not very healthy, as most professionals recommend at least 1200 calories a day for teen girls.

Kids who are extremely overweight (more than 100 pounds over their ideal weight), might lose pounds more quickly at first. However, keep in mind that a 5 pound loss in a 300 pound person is about the same as a 2.5 pound loss in a 150 pound person. As a percentage of body weight, the pounds lost in these two people are both a 1-2% change in overall body weight. Looking at the percentage of change also helps explain why it is common for the rate of weight loss to slow down as we get close to our weight loss goals.

Speak with your own physician or dietitian about your minimum calorie needs. Many health professionals do not recommend kids going under 1200 calories per day because they are missing important nutrients that are essential for proper growth. Look here for a general guide on how many calories a boy or girl needs depending on their age and their activity levels.

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