~ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ~

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 What Makes Up My Body Weight - Bones, Muscle, Fat??

=> Is it true if you're taller you have more weight? I'm 5'4 and weigh 113. My sister is 5'2 and weigh 114. Is it bones that make you heavier or fats?

=> My friends are not overweight, I eat just as much as they do. ( maybe a little more but not much) why am I gaining so much weight but they arent

=> I am 12 years old and I weigh 110 pounds. It's just my tummy is a little big and I do not feel very comfortable about my body sometimes. My mom said I will grow out of it but I'm not sure. Please help! Thank you

=> I am only 10 yrs but I haven't started puberty. My weight is 165 lbs. I want to be skinny like all the skinny girls. I exercise almost everyday. But I am not loosing weight. Help me!

=> will water help me lose or gain weigh because i have been drinking a ton of water. Anyways please write me back.

 We all "wear" our weight differently. Each of our bodies are unique and are composed of varying amounts of water, protein, minerals, and fat. Our body fat is broken into two parts, essential fat and stored fat. Fat in the marrow of our bones, in the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys, intestines, and muscles is called essential fat and is necessary for normal bodily functioning (like temperature regulation and shock absorption). Essential fat is higher in women than in men.

Stored fat is located around internal organs and directly beneath the skin (subcutaneous fat) protecting our body and insulating to conserve body heat. The amount of subcutaneous fat and internal fat differ from one person to another. An increased level of stored fat results if we take in more calories than we put out. When stored fat accumulates in excessive amounts, we may become over fat or overweight.

WHEN YOU EAT MORE CALORIES THAN YOU BURN OFF, YOU GAIN WEIGHT. IF YOU EAT LESS CALORIES THAN YOU BURN OFF, YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. IT'S SIMPLE MATH! Check your weight on the weight calculator to see if you are in the healthy weight range. If not, check out A STEP BY STEP APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS to help you be successful in losing weight. Drink plenty of water each day, it's good for your body and good for your skin.


 Stretch Marks - How To Get Rid Of Them

=> How do I get rid of stretch marks on my body after losing weight?

=> I'm 13 and weigh 137 pounds and also have stretch marks should I be okay with my body or be brought down by that?

 

Stretch marks sometimes develop when the body expands faster than the skin can grow. This often occurs during rapid weight gain most commonly on the belly, under arms, sides of the body, thighs, buttocks and hips. A stretch mark is skin damage that may result in some scarring, but the marks usually fade over time.

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 gain weight so rapidly that stretch marks appear. This may be a sign of emotional eating or a food addiction. Check tips on how to avoid problem foods to help with excessive eating.


 How Much Should I Weigh

=> I'm 12 and a girl How many how should I weigh almost 5 Feet

=> Im 12 years old, i weight about 115 pounds and im 5'2 or probably 5'3 now and some kids at school still weight in there 70's and 80's do i need to lose some weight? I don't know whats wrong i don't eat super unhealthy is it just part of growing up? Please help, thank you.

=> I am 11 years old. I am not overweight nor underweight, yet I need to lose weight! I'm probably the fattest out of all of my friends. Please help me I need to be skinny and have muscles such as having a 6-pack! Please help me I need to be skinny for pool parties! Thanks for your consideration!

=> If i'm 11 and 102 lbs, does it mean i'm fat?

=> I am a girl who just turned 13. I am 5'3 and 145lbs. I wear size 36B bra and I have a medium to large frame. My stomach isn't too large, but I do have love handles and a slight muffin top, and my thighs are large. Am I fat?

=> I am ten turning 11 in one month i am 5 feet and i weigh 120 pounds i really don't know how much i should weigh? I am the only one out of all my friends that is honest with my weight please help!

=> Is 96 lbs good for a 12 year old that is 5ft

 
"Am I Overweight?" CHECK YOUR WEIGHT on the weight calculator to see if you are in the healthy weight range. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is a number that shows how your weight compares to your height (BMI = weight / height2). If your BMI is in the 85th to 94th percentile, you are considered overweight. If your BMI is in the 95th to 100th percentile, your are considered obese.

If your BMI is in the overweight or obese range and you want to lose weight, it would first be a good idea to see your health care provider to make sure you don't have any other health conditions that would interfere with a weight loss program. It is usually safe to lose 1-2 pounds a week. Take a look at the Healthy Weight School, How To Lose Weight and the weight loss tips area for lots of ideas and ways to help you lose weight. Everyone is unique, and everyone "wears their weight" differently, so don't compare yourself to others.

You can get lots of support from all the kids on the site in the chatroom and from other kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. And, don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!


 Weight Loss Ideas

=> my problem with my body is that my doctor said I had to lose wight but I don't know how what do I do?

=> im 11 years old I need help too lose weight so far I weigh 42kg or 92lbs with a height of 139cm or 4'7feet when I sit down I have 1 big belly roll at the bottom of my belly and 2 medium belly rolls at the top of my belly PLEASE HELP ME

=> how do u start to lose weigh if you are over weigh

=> I am 14 and I weigh around 140.0 lbs i am around 5'6. I want to loose 10 pounds and even a little but more. I am very active and trying to eat very healthy!!!! I want to loose that/more before May or in the first 2 weeks of May. How long will this take do you think? Please help

=> How can I lose weight and where can I find a food diary my mother is to poor to afford one though

=> I'm 12 years old and I weigh 130 pounds, I really want to lose weight beside I want to be in shape so I can do sports easier and be in shape for this summer.what are some ways I can lose about 20 pounds in 3 or 4 months?

=> I'm 12 and 145 im not bullied and I have freinds, so I am lucky- but there's things I can't do and I don't wanna hold my freinds down. Any suggestions for dieting- I already excersise

=> I am a 10 year old girl weighing 175 pounds and my height is about 5 foot 4, how should i lose weight?

=> I have been trying to lose weight for a few years and it hasn't worked I am 11 stone in weight, 5ft 5inches in height and am 14 years old do you have any advice and idea of an ideal weight.

 How do you lose weight? How do you even start? Congratulations on wanting to lose weight! That's the first step. Did you know that weight loss is often more successful if you approach it in an organized step by step manner. So, let's get started.


1. CHECK YOUR WEIGHT ON THE WEIGHT CALCULATOR. It's a good idea to determine what a healthy weight range is for you. If the calculator shows that you are in the overweight range, you may want to check with your health care provider to determine what would be a healthy amount of weight for you to lose.

2. MAKE A SHORT TERM WEIGHT LOSS GOAL. Think small! Usually, 1-2 pounds a week is a good weight loss goal. Remember, slow steady weight loss is lasting weight loss so make realistic goals. For example, 5-10 pounds. Then, once you reach that goal, make another goal. Breaking weight loss goals down in small amounts seems more attainable. Yeah! You Can Do It!

Check out AN ORGANIZED WEIGHT LOSS APPROACH to help you be successful with your weight loss. It is designed to be a step by step approach for you to follow. These are all things that YOU CAN DO AND THAT YOU CAN CONTROL.


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3. KEEP A FOOD DIARY. Write down EVERYTHING and HOW MUCH that you eat and drink each day for all snacks and meals. Come on, don't cheat! You might find that you are eating more than you realize. Keeping a food diary will help you recognize what and how much you are in fact eating. Review your food diary EVERY DAY. You will begin to see where you need to cut down. Even cutting down small amounts will help. (For example, cutting out one 16 ounce soda a day will result in about 25 pounds of weight loss a year!)

4. KEEP AN ACTIVITY DIARY. Write down all the activities and how long you do them EVERY DAY. Try to increase the kinds of healthy activity you do EVERY DAY! For example, walk up the stairs instead of taking elevators, walk to school, walk up hills instead of walking on flat areas, or ride a bike. Sometimes eating about the same but increasing ones activity level breaks the cycle and can get you on your way to losing weight.

5. DO FUN ACTIVITIES EVERY DAY. Fun Activities get your mind off of food and help burn calories.

MAKE IT FUN AND MIX IT UP!


 Diagnosing Metabolic Syndrome

=> How do doctors diagnose metabolic syndrome in teens and children?

 Kids with metabolic syndrome have at least three of these risk factors:
1. Excessive belly fat - (waist measurement at or above 90th percentile for a child's age and sex)
2. High Blood Pressure - at or above the 90th percentile for a child's age and sex
3. Abnormal levels of blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides)- low levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL)
4. Hyperglycemia - High blood sugar

Metabolic Syndrome is occurring in younger children due to rising obesity in children and teens. Some studies suggest that nearly one in ten teens and over a third of obese teens have metabolic syndrome. If left untreated, major changes such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), poor kidney function, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome in girls and acanthosis nigrican (a skin disorder commonly causing dark patches around the neck, armpits and groin) can occur.

What you can do to lessen your chances of developing metabolic syndrome:
1. Drop excess weight. Losing weight can improve your blood pressure and blood fat levels.
2. Get more exercise.
3. Eat smaller food amounts and avoid empty calorie foods like sweets and fatty fast foods.
4. Don't smoke.


 Exercise But I Don't Lose Weight

=> Im 11 yrs old and weigh more then my mom and my sis Im 167 pounds idk what to do i work out every day and still dont lose weight im in a size 13 womens and if i cant lose wieght ima starve myself!

=> I'm 12 years old and 135 lbs, and about 5'0 or 5'1.I REALLY want to weigh around 100 lbs, but it's kinda hard to, because I don't have a say in what my family eats. I do play volleyball, and exercise. Please help!!

=> i am only 14, but since as long as i can remember i was always chubby, everyone told me its baby fat.. but i trie working out, eating less, starving myself, and nothing worked, i loose 5 pounds and gain them right back. i cant seem to loose any weight no matter how hard i try.. can you tell me if starving myself is the right answer?

  If you've been trying to lose weight but it isn't working, it's time to RE-THINK your approach. Perhaps you are dieting or exercising but you aren't seeing any results. We may practice bursts of exercising or healthy eating several times a week but to be successful, one needs to work on weight loss EVERY DAY. Starving yourself isn't the answer!! Often times when we fail, it's because we don't have a PLAN and we aren't consistent in our weight loss efforts. Remember, losing weight is a long term commitment. Here are some helpful ideas:

1. First, take a STEP BY STEP APPROACH.
2. Second, make specific and measurable SHORT TERM GOALS.

Check out How Lucy Lost Weight for more ideas. Things like:
- Avoid Problem Foods
- Cut Down Food Portions
- Do Distracting Activities
- Get in Touch With Your Feelings
- Ask Your Friends For Help

Try some of these ideas. You are bound to be more successful!


 Fast Weight Loss - It's Unhealthy and Unsafe

=> im a 13 year old girl nd i want to lose weight before december wat should i do?

=> I am overweight and weigh 180 and i have tried over 10 diet plans and none of them worked, and I would like to lose 50lbs in 2-3 months and don't give me any of that 2lbs a week is healthy stuff. I know it's totall bull. I am 14

 Fast weight loss doesn’t work and doesn’t last! Quick diets, and food fads are bad ideas. They don’t work either. So, be smart, lose weight safely! While most of us would like to lose weight fast, weight loss that occurs gradually (1-2 pounds a week) is more likely to stay off. Safe Weight Loss takes time and effort, so be patient.

Generally, successful weight loss requires healthy portion controlled eating and increased activity or exercise. We need to take in less (food) and put out more energy (exercise) in order to lose weight. It's time for a STEP BY STEP APPROACH. This involves making better choices. So think about a plan you will be able to stick to for the rest of your life. All the small changes you make everyday will add up over weeks and months to a healthier body and a healthier you.

Instead of focusing on "I want to lose 30 pounds by "X"," try making WEEKLY WEIGHT LOSS GOALS. Learn to set achievable goals. For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds, make your first goal to lose 5 pounds. Then when you lose the first 5 pounds make your next goal to lose another 5 pounds. STEP BY STEP, that is the way to do it! When you accomplish the smaller goal first, you will feel more successful and it will make working toward the end goal weight more attainable.


 Do I Have Pre-Diabetes?

=> I have a bunch of bruises all over the bottom of my stomach I looked it up and the internet said it may be diabetes please help me

 We do not make medical diagnosis. We suggest that you make an appointment to be seen by your health care provider. That way, you can be reassured and treated if there is a problem.

The single greatest risk factor for type 2 diabetes in children is being overweight. Unhealthy eating patterns and lack of physical activity contribute. We hope you will seek the advice of your health care provider so you can alleviate your fears.


 Binge Eating - How To Stop

=> I have been over weight for the longest time and I hate it i want to lose weight and i dont know what to do i bienge eat like it is no big problem. I need help please thank you

 

Binge eating is a type of eating disorder most often caused by stress. Seeking help from your health care provider or counselor is a good first step.

WHAT IS BINGE EATING
A binge is when a person eats a lot of food at one time. When the person binges, she or he usually feels out of control (often due to some stress in their life) and uses eating a large amount of food at one time for comfort. They feel better for a while after eating, but then typically feel guilty about themselves later so they then might restrict their food intake. By doing this they may get overly hungry from not eating and they also might feel stressed at gaining more weight so they binge again for comfort and the vicious cycle repeats. Click here for a video about a girl who binged. Most people with binge eating disorder feel out of control with their eating and food habits.

WHAT TRIGGERS A BINGE Often times binge eating, is triggered by some emotion or stressful event or even by seeing food commercials on television causing stress eating.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP: Dealing with the source of the stress and problems that prompt you to binge eat, will help to reduce and hopefully eliminate binge eating episodes. It can be helpful to learn to recognize what your triggers are. Once you recognize your triggers, you can develop a plan ahead of time for what you can do instead of binge. Write your problems down on a piece of paper with a plan for each problem. For example: Do a distracting activity or call a friend for support when I am stressed about my homework.

BINGING IS TREATABLE, and there are many resources available. TALKING WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR A SPECIALLY TRAINED COUNSELOR ABOUT YOUR BINGING PROBLEM CAN HELP YOU STOP. You can also find other kids who care in the chatroom and you can get good ideas from other kids on the pre-teen and teen bulletin boards. Don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP REDUCE or
STOP BINGE EATING:
1. Don’t Skip Meals.
2. Eat Balanced Meals. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and calcium.
3. Learn to cope with stress without using food. Squeezing your hands together tight; slow deep breathing; and, relaxing are other ways to relieve stress.

DON'T FEEL ALONE, OTHERS ARE HERE TO HELP SUPPORT YOU!


 Craving Food - What To Do When Junk Food Is All Around You

=> I'm 131lb or 60 kg and I keep wanting to eat more and more like I'm sneaking in snacks at night I don't do much exercise and I think it's completely boring and tiring and I get out of breath quick in PE and sometimes people will laugh. I just need some tips on not craving for food 24/7 it would be helpful but my brain keeps telling me to gain even more please help. Your eating half and saving the rest for later tip doesn't work I only wait two seconds then eat the rest

=> I think I have a disorder but it's not listed I eat secretly my brain tells me go while mums out go grab some stuff and when I'm walking home sometimes I go and grab lots of sweets or even chips I've tried your half it trick but I ate the hole thing like today my mum went out to the food store I went to the kitchen grabbed two muffins and loads of chocolate biscuits I want to tell mum but I'm embarrassed to and even then I'm worried she might flip out or something and my dad would probably think I was silly please reply

=> I am 13 4`9height and weigh150 pounds I want to lose weight because it my last year of middle school and I have to wear a dress at the graduate. During the summer I tried and did lose weight 10 pounds but than began church school and I had to sell chocolate and I am very shy so I buy all of it and sell them at my house and I end up eating it now I and back to the weight I want to lose weight but can't I cut down food and don't eat as much junk food. Can you help me

=> Im a 12 year old girl and i weigh 65-70 kg. i really want to lose at least 10 kg but i cant help what to eat because A)my family chooses what we eat and if i dont want it they will make me eat it and B)i have bad will power, if my family offers KFC for dinner ill say yes because i love it but i know its bad for me, please help. i really want to be skinny and have a flat stomach

=> im 13 years old and i am around 120 lbs. I started to be concerned on my weight when my family would tell me that im fat and that i eat alot. I started to try a healthy diet but my mom keeps buying chips, pizza, cookies, soda, etc. I do good on.cutting out junk food but when my brother comes home with mcdonalds something i fail my diet. How can i get rid of my craving for junk foods? Can you give me any good tips on how to lose weight?

=> I'm 13 and 61 kgs and I find it really hard too stop cravings of food im craving right now I want to eat as much as possible I don't have a disorder but I hate exercise and love food so what do I do

 
CRAVINGS. You can crave just about any type of food, most frequently salty and sugary foods as well as sugary drinks. You think about the food or drink, you eat or drink it, you want more and sometimes you can't stop until it's all gone. That's often called a craving.

Why is it so hard to stop? There can be many factors at play including boredom and the habit of overeating. Here's a little science: Our brain has an emotional and a thinking area. The EMOTIONAL brain can try to trick us to eat something that tastes really good to soothe our sadness, boredom, loneliness, stress, or depression. Our THINKING brain is more rationale and knows pretty much what food our body needs for energy and repairs. It knows you don’t need the food you are craving at the moment. The Problem: The thinking brain and the emotional brain can sometimes be in a tug of war!

Good News! WE CAN LEARN TO CONTROL OUR EMOTIONAL BRAIN. It just takes practice to become aware of what is going on. Here's what you can do:

1. Practice talking to your brain and reasoning with your emotional brain when you have a craving for a certain food. Tell yourself, "No emotional brain! No! I am not going to let you trick me!!" I do not need that food because I am not hungry. GO AWAY!!"

2. Get in touch with your emotions and learn how to substitute other activities for eating. Make a list of things you like to do and refer to the list when you get a craving. Then, go do the fun activity INSTEAD of eating. Usually, if you can resist for a few minutes, the craving will go away. TRY IT, YOU CAN DO IT.

3. Here are other tips and ideas to help you conquer cravings:
- Saying Goodbye to the Food Drug
- Curve Your Cravings
- THINK BEFORE YOU EAT! Are you really hungry? If not, DON'T EAT. THINK DISTRACT as in distracting activities.
- Get the particular food or drink out of site and out of the house! Out of site, out of mind!
- Surround yourself with SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE.

Once you understand why you are reaching for the junk food, you can learn to do something about it. You can overcome "mindless" eating. It just takes practice! YOU CAN DO IT!

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