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 School Weights - How To Handle When Others Ask Your Weight

=> How can I respond when people ask me what I weigh? Every year, my school weighs us and takes our height to calculate bmi for report cards. Everybody then asks how much you weigh! How can I respond to this question? I am quite obviously obese (210 pounds), but do not feel comfortable telling my weight to others.

 Feeling embarrassed about your weight is normal, especially when asked by peers who weigh a lot less. Most likely other kids that ask about your weight are probably just curious and don't mean to embarrass you. They don't realize how self conscious you might be about your weight. You can either ignore them or be up front and just tell them what you weigh.

If you decide to tell them, be matter of fact and honest. That way, they are much less likely to tease you about your weight. You might even say that you know you are overweight and that you are interested in trying to lose weight. You'll be amazed at how often they are happy to support you if you just ask. You might ask them to do fun things with you like bike riding or walks, playing games or sports. Here are more ways you can ask others for help to lose weight.

You might also consider working on building up your self esteem. You will feel more confident about yourself and it will show. Start believing in YOU! You are unique. Try some of the self confidence tips and you will start to feel better about who you are now.


 Ambivalent About Weight - Lack of Commitment & Motivation - Why We Become Obese

=> Hi I'm a 16 year old girl and I'm 170 pounds, my weight is a bit miss leading though because I am very muscular. I do have fat on me though and I do wish that I was a bit smaller. My problem is sometimes I want to lose weight but sometimes I'm happy and confident with my weight and body so I can never stick to any healthy living regimen because my feelings fluctuate so often. I also tend to over eat a lot not even with un healthy foods but eating too many healthy things can be bad too! I'm just wondering what I can do to really stick to living healthy!

=> why do ou think that kids like us become over weigh

=> I am so upset. I really need to lose weight and I don't so anything. I feel so stupid and makes me mad. Like today for instance I made a bet with my family, whoever eats so,ething unhealthy after dinner loses. I lost right after I ate dinner, I forgot. I have no self control, HELP ME. How do you think I should stop this?

=> I am almost 12 years old and I am 5'3 . I have a very hard time losing weight because I lack self motivation. I am very self conscious because I am 140 pounds . I really need to know how to lose the weight and keep it off, and learn some motivation.

=> Im 13 and im 161 pounds. I really want to loose weight because my mom is 33 and 170 pounds and the same is with my dad. Im almost as heavy as them and its embarrassing I don't want to be my parents weight. I have a very tight schedule I go to church 4 times a week for 4 hrs and school is 7 hrs. Also I work 2 hrs babysitting so I don't have time to work out and its hard to eat healthy my parents are Hispanic so all are food have fat. What do I do?

  TAKE INVENTORY OF YOURSELF: Do I really want to be a healthy weight? Some kids may feel resigned to the fact that they are overweight. They may be bothered more by the thought of having to give up food than being bothered by the fact that they are overweight. Which is harder or bothers you more, giving up the food you love or being overweight? It's important to TRUTHFULLY answer this question!

HOW WILLING ARE YOU TO SAY GOODBYE TO A LIFE OF EATING EVERYTHING YOU WANT?

If you aren't MOTIVATED or COMMITTED to change your current lifestyle (eating and activity habits) you probably will not be successful at losing weight. Take the time to understand why you want to lose weight, how you became overweight and honestly determine your commitment and motivation levels. It's important to do this!

Basically, losing weight requires that you eat less calories than your body burns up. If you are not losing weight that means that you are still eating more than you are burning up. It's that simple. What is not so simple is resisting the high fat, high sugar foods, the large portion sizes, second helpings, and frequent "junk food" snacks and soft drinks that you are used to.

HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT: A STEP BY STEP APPROACH

We've put together AN ORGANIZED WEIGHT LOSS APPROACH to help you be successful with your weight loss. It is designed to be a step by step manual for you to follow.

NEXT, GET STARTED: Take out a notebook and write out each answer. That way you can refer to it each day.


If you feel you are losing your motivation, review why you want to lose weight or find a
motivation buddy to help encourage you and keep you accountable. There is lots more information about motivation in the Healthy Weight School. You can also check out the Teen Bulletin Board and the Success Boards.

THINK OF THIS AS YOUR JOB. FOLLOW YOUR PLAN EVERYDAY! If you mess up one day, just start over the next day. Don't look back, look forward to the new you! STEP BY STEP, YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER YOU!


 Weight Conditioning / Training

=> Is it true that if you gain muscle in an area, that fat in that area will "melt away" over time? If so, what are some exercises that will strengthen my stomach and core. What are some tips on running a mile race at school? Last year, I was at about 12 minutes. I'm really hoping for 10 or 11 this year. Is just walking helping a little at improving my time? Thank you so much!

=> I'm 15 and i way 160 pounds and i want to lose weight before my travel season for volleyball starts so my jersey doesn't look bad and i am usually home alone a lot and i want to go out running but i usually can't so do u have any ideas on how i can lose weight while I'm inside

 

Toning, or strengthening certain areas of your body (your stomach and core) by exercise will reduce fat over time. The key is REPETITION of movement in the area(s) you wish to tone or strengthen.

The best exercises for your thighs, butt, hips, and stomach are those that get your heart pumping faster. These are called cardio exercise and help your body burn fat for energy. Doing activities like swimming, dancing, walking, jumping rope, playing sports, even cleaning, can help your body get healthier. Try to get 30 to 60 minutes of "cardio" most days of the week and you should begin to notice changes. This might also improve your race time!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. GET MOVING. The simple act of walking more can make a big difference in your weight and overall appearance as well as tone your stomach and core.


Here are some activity ideas to try:
- Cardio Exercise.
- Physical Fitness.
- Increased Physical Activity.
- Exercise For The Cold.
- Exercise When Your Busy.

2. Exercise EVERYDAY. If you do that, you will notice body tone improvement everywhere. You'll also feel more energetic and feel more positive about your appearance in general.


 Lose Weight By Eating Less

=> I'm 13 and I weight 130 lbs, about 59 kg and my height is 157 cm. I really want to lose weight and I have to because I want to be really healthier. Please do help! Thanks so much in advance!!

=> I'm 16 and 5'2. Right now I weigh 110. How many calories should I eat if I want to lose weight?

=> i understand the story and all but i dont think that i can pull this off due to the island i live on and the way i live...i dont really know what to do...i have no where to excercise and i dont have a lot of fruits and vegetables in the house where i live. What to do??

=> me and my friend werent over weight but we were chubby in primary school and we were both unhappy so we tried going for runs then we went to high school and she lost heaps of weight quickly that was 3 years ago and im still trying to loose weight. help i hate my body

=> I am 5 foot 3 inches and i am 14 years old. How long would it take me to lose 25 pounds. I also lose wieght a liitle easier than most people.

=> im 12 5'3 and 140.5 pounds. And I have a hard time eating healthy excersizing. I want to get back to 120-115. I really want to some help on how to lose weight.

=> So I have been told by many people that im fat. I want to lose the weight because I am fat.it's just every time I go on a diet, I start to lose weight but then I get off track and start eating again. I want to go back to school looking Skinner and not fat or fatter. What do I do!?!!?! I need help!!

=> Hi Lucy i know exactly how you feel,I've tried losing weight but I couldn't. Sometimes a girl would make fun of me because I looked like a fat duck. And since school coming up it would be nice if you gave me tips.

=> I'm 12 and 5'2,I weight between 120-125,and I wanna get healthy and loose weight I cut back on like cake and, pizza,spaghetti, and some surgar foods. I'm not a big fan on surgar. I'm here to ask what is a good healthy trend to depart on? Good shape?

=> I'm 13 and I'm in 8th grade. I'm about 5'0 and weigh around 130-140 lbs. What would be the best way for me to slim out before my freshman year?

 Losing weight is an every day long term commitment. Fad diets and extreme workouts don't work and don't last. Losing weight requires that YOU EAT LESS CALORIES THAN YOUR BODY BURNS UP. Simply put, you will need to eat less, be more active, or a combination of both. What is not so simple is resisting the high fat, high sugar foods, the large portion sizes, second helpings, and frequent "junk food" snacks and soft drinks that you eat and drink.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
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 manual for you to follow. These are all things that YOU CAN DO AND THAT YOU CAN CONTROL.

TOP TIPS:
1. KEEP A FOOD DIARY. Write down EVERYTHING and HOW MUCH that you eat and drink each day for all snacks and meals. You might be 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!)

2. 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.

3. START DOING DISTRACTING FUN ACTIVITIES EVERY DAY.Distracting Fun Activities can get your mind off of food and help burn calories. Make it fun and mix it up!


 Embarrassed About Weight - How To Lose Weight

=> Im 11 years old and 5 foot tall i weigh 137 ponds and im embarresed because my docter said i was over weight and i dont know how to lose weight any ideas?

=> I am 12 and have a super skinny friend, she is my BFF but makes me feel so fat when im around her because as soon as im in her presence I suddenly feel really self conscious. I need to diet, I know I do, I weigh 11 stone and am 5'4 - when I mention dieting to my mom she looks at me like im trying to make myself anorexic and says don't be stupid, you don't need to loose weight, but I feel so big and keep comparing myself to other people... I just cant stop.

=> I'm currently weighing in at 175 pounds at a height of 5ft 5in.I'm 15 years of age.Its hard being overweight. When i was younger i was never this big then one day i looked in the mirror and im like wow your big. I've tried exercising at the gyms but nothing seems to work for me.Its hard at school for everyone else is thin and beautiful but me i'm just the one with the big arms big legs back fat and big jugs in front of my face.I'm tired of being called fat and being looked at differently.I want to lose weight so bad.I mean if i just lust 30-40pounds i'll be fine. Please help me,

=> Hi I'm 14 and I think I'm overweight! I can never wear what other girls wear cause I think it makes me look fat! I'm tired of being this way and I just want to know if 135 pounds is a healthy weight for me? I kinda haven't ate breakfast or lunch the past week and I have been riding bikes running walking jogging and all that! I just don't wanna feel fat anymore please answer back

=> I am 12.i am 120 pounds.i am six grader.and cause I am fat people tell me I don't really look like my age.please what should I do?

=> Im 11 years old, almost 12, and I'm about 120-130 pounds. I feel really overweight for my age, and I don't tell people my real weight because I think they'll laugh at me, or tease me about it. I always try to suck in my belly, so people don't notice, and I feel like others have noticed, and it worries me. I just got some new pants and clothes about 2-4 weeks ago, and the pants are already tight when they fit perfectly before. Please help!

 Sounds like there's a lot of self-doubt, embarrassment and low self-esteem going around above. When we feel bad or embarrassed about how we look, we call that low self-esteem. Remember to keep things in perspective. There will always be thin, smart and pretty people in the world. Here are some things you can do to feel better about yourself:

1. Make a problem list. Write down the things you think are problems like fat thighs, big butt, acne, being overweight, too shy, embarrassed about weight, whatever your problems might be.

2. Write down a goal for each one. Set small goals first so you can accomplish them. A goal can be something you can do to make the problem better. For example:
Problem - Embarrassed about weight;
Goal - Loose 5 pounds in 1 month;

3. Write down a plan and what you will do to reach your short term goal. For example:
Problem - Embarrassed about weight;
Goal - Loose 5 pounds in 1 month;
Plan - Walk 30 minutes EVERYDAY. Cut down portion sizes of all foods I eat. Keep a activity and food diary. Check walking diary and food diary in ONE WEEK. If you check the status of your goals frequently, you are more apt to reach them.

Usually, if you can write down your problem, you can come up with a plan. Don't forget, Be sure to check in on yourself frequently to see how you are doing with your goal.

Remember, safe weight loss is lasting weight loss so make realistic goals. That way you are sure to reach them. Once you build up your self-confidence and have set up a plan to attack your problem, don't forget to seek help from friends. They are more often than not wanting to help you succeed and can offer you tons of support and encouragement.

We've put together AN ORGANIZED WEIGHT LOSS APPROACH to help you be successful with your weight loss. It is designed to be a step by step manual for you to follow. TAKE A LOOK!


 How To Pick / Pack a Healthy Lunch at School

=> My lunch is served at school and we are not allowed to pack lunch so how do I pick healthy choices?

 

Whether packing your lunch or picking from the school cafeteria, planning ahead and making a plan is key to making better food choices. Remember, it is both WHAT YOU EAT and HOW MUCH YOU EAT (portions) that matter when selecting foods for lunchtime meals.

It's a good idea to review the cafeteria meal plan for the week ahead of time. Pick foods from the
five food groups: (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein Foods, and Dairy.) Mix up food choices, colors and textures of the food you pack every day, that keeps lunch interesting.

Consider how the food is prepared. Is it fried, baked or broiled? Does it have lots of added toppings? Fried foods and added toppings can really add extra calories so be careful when selecting them or have only small servings.

Here are more tips about making better choices at the school cafeteria and at the salad bar.


 Comfort Eating - How To Stop

=> I'm 15, about 5"6/7 and weigh10 stone (140 pounds). I reallywant to lose weight, especially belly fat, love handles and thighs. I am trying but finding it hard. I do horse riding once a week but no other exercise. I just ccan't find the time as I don't get home every evening until 6 or past that, then I'm too tired to workout. I'm in 3rd year in school and it's my junior cert which is stressful enough. I just can't stay motivated and eat to comfort myself. I just need help. I want to have a flatstomach and smaller thighs for summer but reaaallyneed help. It may not seem I'm fat but I really am unhappy with my weight, hopefully you can help.

 Sounds like you have two issues: comfort eating and lack of motivation. Let's take a look at what they are and what you can do to overcome them.

COMFORT EATING:
Sometimes, even though we are not hungry, we eat to soothe a feeling or emotion (when we are bored, lonely, sad, angry, happy, frustrated, or stressed.) We call this EMOTIONAL or COMFORT EATING. This can become a habit and a vicious cycle. For example: You feel sad so you eat cookies to make yourself (temporarily) feel better, then you feel bad because you ate all those cookies, then you eat again to cover up your feelings of being sad and the cycle repeats. Each time you have a certain emotion you keep turning to food to comfort yourself. Unfortunately, the foods we choose for comfort are often high in fat, sugar or salt, which can lead to weight gain.

Solution:
Instead of finding comfort in food, we need to find other ways to cope with our feelings. 1. WATCH FOR EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS (things that spark the urge to eat even when you aren't hungry) such as (watching TV food commercials or walking past a bakery) and 2. MAKE A PLAN AHEAD OF TIME TO AVOID THE TRIGGER. (Mute TV food commercials, walk a different way to avoid the bakery). Get the idea?

HERE ARE IDEAS TO HELP YOU AVOID EMOTIONAL EATING:

1. PLAN AHEAD. MAKE A LIST of things you can do other than eat when you feel certain emotions. Some ideas might include: painting your nails, calling or texting a friend, listening to your favorite music, going for a walk or run, reading a book. DISTRACT YOURSELF!. Here are more distracting ideas. Check out our Kids Helping Kids page and the Comfort Eating Board to learn how other kids deal with their emotions.

2. DO SOMETHING ON YOUR LIST when you experience one of these emotions. Some kids put ideas on slips of paper and put them in a big "DISTRACTION JAR." Then they "draw" out an idea and GO DO IT instead of snack. Try it, you will be amazed how it can work!

3. GET JUNK FOOD OUT OF THE HOUSE! Out of site, out of mind! It works!

4. Be mindful. THINK BEFORE YOU EAT! Are you really hungry? If not, DON'T EAT. THINK DISTRACT as in distracting activities.

5. Surround yourself with SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE. Get support and help from friends and other kids on this site. The chatroom, pre-teen, and teen bulletin boards are great sources of help and information. You can interact with other kids and teens and read how they conquer their struggles with their weight. Don't forget, every Wednesday "Lucy" is in the chat room to answer questions too!

LACK OF MOTIVATION:
If you feel you are
losing your motivation, review why you want to lose weight or find a motivation buddy to help encourage you and keep you accountable. There is lots more information about motivation in the Healthy Weight School. You can also check out the Teen Bulletin Board and the Success Boards.


 What Is a Healthy Weight For Me

=> I am only nine years old but soon I will be 10. I am overweight for my age but my family doctor says I am fine because I am very tall. Do you think my weight is okay? Because I seem to be one of the heaviest person in my English class.

=> I'm 12 and I weigh 117 lb I am 5ft 2' and a gymnast. I train 3 hours 3 time a week. I just want to know if I am the right hight and weight for someone my age who does gymnastics (I have been doing it since I was like 4).

=> How come my dad has a bigger belly than me but yet I weigh more than him?!

=> I am 140 pounds and I'm 11 years old and my doctor said I need to lose weight what are some ideas about losing weight

=> I'm really overweight and my weight goes between 155-161 but is mainly 161. Why is this?

=> Do I need to loose weight? Im 13 and my height is 5'1 and my weight is 6st 13lbs, is this too much for my height and age? I want a flat stomach like everyone in my class so I can wear more of my clothes that I have but I cant because my belly sticks out very far so far that when I look down I almost cant see my WHOLE foot : ( if you answer me it would mean the world... thanks

 
"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). Healthy Weight School 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!


 Safe Weight Loss And How To Achieve It

=> im 13 and 5'5 feet tall i weigh alot more than i look.im 190 pounds and im embarrased.id like to get to 150 by june is that possible,is it heallthy? i can play sports and stuff but i deal with the concequences .ex. shortness of breathand pain can you help me?

=> im 12 years old and im 124 pounds i want to lose weight but i dont knoe how to im always feeling left out becouse i dont have any friends .some girls at school make fun of me i will be in high scool soon and i want to go there healthier whe i go to sckool

=> I am 11.5 year old girl and my height is 4 ft 10. I weigh 6.5 stone and i have love handles. Most of my friends weigh 5 stone how would i get to that weight and how many calories do i need to consume ? many thanks beau xx

=> I am 12 years old and I weigh 144 lbs. I feel so bad about myself and I cant wear my favorite shirts without feeling bad about my weight. My mom calculated my weight with my height and she says I am obese. It makes me want to cry. I need some tips to lose at least 40 lbs before 7th grade next year. Oh, I also have flat feet and my ankles often hurt after running for a few minutes.

=> im nearly 14 (2 weeks ) and i feel crap about myself u feel so fat yet my parents and siblings laugh when i say i need to lose weight i am currently 5 5 /5 6 (height[ft+inches)and weigh 8 stone 4 when i checked after dinner today .. I need help woth my weight i have friends 14 that are going on 15 and they are like sticks weighing 6stone ..i want to and need to lose weight even if it is only going to bring me down to the 7 stones .. I am not overly active yet i do love walking and runing i also cyle and play hovkey and tennis in school please help me !!!!!! (p.s im trying to look well for a certain someone)

=> Okay so i'm 13, I weight 145 pounds and i'm 5'4, but i kinda have alot of muscle. I really want to lose at least 10 pounds but i don't know how what to do and what i should start doing. Any tips?? Thank you

=> I want to loose weight but I'm having problems choosing the right foods and getting excersize in.What should i do, I do Just Dance 4 on our wii at home but I can only do it on weekends (no video games during the week).BTW I'm only 11!?!

=> so I'm 15 years old, i weigh 194. i want to get my weight down to 125. i started taking sea kelp, but my dad is always telling me i need to lose weight, how should i go about losing the weight?

=> If I were to go on a diet would eating 90 calories total (of Healthy Choice Chiken Noodle Soup) make me lose weight?

=> Im 12 & almost 200 ibs. I need help in losing weight before school starts. what exercises can I do & what kind of foods should I eat.?

 HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT SAFELY?
1. FIRST, CHECK YOUR WEIGHT on the weight calculator to see if you are in the healthy weight range.
2. SECOND, answer this very important question.

"HOW WILLING AM I TO SAY GOODBYE TO A LIFE OF EATING EVERYTHING I WANT? BE TRUTHFUL.

You can't lose weight if you continue to eat everything you want like sodas, candy, sweets and fatty foods or continue to eat large portions, second helpings or "junk food." If you aren't MOTIVATED or COMMITTED to change your current lifestyle (eating and activity habits) you probably will not be successful at losing weight. IT'S A FACT!

3. THIRD TAKE INVENTORY OF YOURSELF and answer these questions:
- WHY DO I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT
- HOW DID I BECAME OVERWEIGHT
- WHAT IS MY COMMITMENT AND MOTIVATION LEVEL TO LOSING WEIGHT. DON'T SKIP THIS PART!

4. FOURTH REVIEW HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT for an organized easy to follow step by step approach.

5. FIFTH, THINK OF THIS AS YOUR JOB. You don't know how successful you can be without trying, so GET STARTED. YOU'VE GOT EVERYTHING TO LOSE!


 HALLOWEEN - Avoiding the Candy Trap

=> Halloween candy is everywhere. How can I avoid it and not mess up!

 Watch Out! Don't let all that candy hanging around trap you! Halloween can be stressful and that huge bowl of candy tempting. Be proactive and plan ahead to avoid caving to temptation. If you go Trick or Treating or if Halloween candy fills your house, here are some tips:


1. Pick out a few of your favorite candies. Give the rest away or throw it out.

2. Put a few small pieces of the candy in small sandwich bags and freeze the bags. Each week, allow yourself to eat from one bag. NO MORE! Pick a time like after school to enjoy a small piece. A small piece won't stop your weight loss.

3. Keep the candy out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind. That helps.

4. Substitute healthy fruits or vegetables for the candy.

5. Do other things to distract yourself instead of eat like take a walk or listen to fun music.

6. Make Halloween a time for other activities that don't involve candy like volunteering.

Here is information on sugar addiction and other tips to help you avoid Halloween from sabotaging your healthy weight goals. Happy Healthy Halloween!

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