~ QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ~

Here is where we answer your questions about your weight and reaching your weight goal. Our site provides general health information only and cannot give medical advice.
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 Do some people have faster metabolisms than others?

=> Some people can eat as much as they like and still stay the same weight, like my friend Caroline. I know thats it is because she has a fast motabolism. I want to know why she has a fast matabolism and I don't?

 Whether your body uses or wastes food can vary from person to person. The percentage of the food a person's intestine absorbs and how well body chemicals such as insulin allow the food to move into their cells can result in one person gaining weight while another does not gain on the same amount of food. This was an advantage in primitive times when food was hard to find, but in modern times when high-fat, high-sugar foods are easy to get, it often results in weight gain.


 Are there any tips for reaching my weight goal?

=> I can run good play sports but I weight 135 I want to go down to 100 or 105 please give me some tips

=> PLEASE WRITE ME AND GIVE ME INFO IM FAT I DONT THINK MY STUFF FIT ME IM OVERWEIGHT

=> Hi I am 14 in a half and i am 240 lbs and i have tried so many diets but i always seen not to stick with it. I wanted to know if you would know a diet that i could go on and stick with it??? Thanks

=> Please can you give me an idea what to eat?I am 11 years old and weigh 8.5 stone-I am 1.59 m tall i want to lose weight help me?

=> I am 16 yrs old. I am overweight. I am 5'4" and weigh 225 lbs. I need some information on how to lose weight safely. Please help me I appreciate anything that you can give me.

=> I'm 11 year old boy weight 150 pounds Height 5"4.I play sports but i like to eat big meals . My waist is 34 .Please help me lose the waight that i need to lose.

=> how can I lose weight without doing anything unhealthy

=> am a runner, yet in the off season i gain very much weight. i MEAN alot. i'll go from being 110 lbs to 126 in a matter of a week. i'm worried that if i dont take care of this within a few weeks my weight could go up even more. do you have any tips on keeping my weight at a stationary 110lbs even in the off season?

=> im 15 5'4 and way 160 im trying everything to lose weight but it just feels like i cant its impossible i give up and get disguriged i need help

=> I'm 13 almost 14 years old. I really want to lose weight, but everything I try doesn't work. Do you have any tips for me? Please!!!!!!!! Thanx!

 Your physician or healthcare provider is the best person to help you determine if you need to lose weight and help you set a weight goal. They may calculate your BMI percentile to help determine what is the best weight for your age and height. They may place you on a special diet which best meets your individual needs. Remember, there is no one diet that fits everyone's needs. Once it has been determined that losing weight is a good idea for you, here are some tips that might help.

Tips for reaching your weight goal:

• Shop for groceries with your parent, yes boys too! It is a great way to learn about what is in food and to begin to learn healthy choices. Don't buy lots of snack foods but pick healthy snack foods such as fruits like apples, bananas, oranges; vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli; low-fat cottage cheese, skim milk, and so forth. If you have to have chips, buy low salt or no salt chips or try popcorn instead.

• When you get home from grocery shopping, plan to spend some time preparing the food for later use. If you do buy chips, put a handful in a baggie. Then when you must have this snack, only eat one baggie full. Drinking water also helps to fill you up.

• Put peeled carrots and prepared celery in baggies as well for later snacking, then they are ready to use and you won't be as apt to reach for something more caloric.

• Do the same with candy. If you have to have chocolate, put ten or so M&M's (or small amounts of a favorite candy) in a baggie and that is your candy allotment. Be sure to write down in your food diary so you keep track.

• Learn to eat on smaller plates and learn or relearn what a portion is. Learn to eat half of the amount that you are use to.

• Drink lots of water. Ten to 12 glasses a day is great. This fills you up and is good for you. It even helps keep your skin looking younger.

• If you keep a food diary, be sure to write down the snacks that you eat too!

• Cut down on sodas. Did you know that if you drank one less 16 oz. cola a day, you would lose 25 pounds in a year. WOW!


 How do I overcome those weak moments so that I don't binge?

=> I am a skateboarder and i always hurt my self skating. When i come in i am really unhappy and eat heaps. And when i am happy i still eat heaps. So i am a big fatty. Please help me.

=> I'm 5' 4, and I weigh 155 pounds. I can't control my eating habits, and they're blowing way out of proportion. I try to get excersize, but I can't get into it. I need to lose about 35 pounds, but I don't know how to do it. I've tried to diet before, but I just can't stick to it. What should I do? - Helplessly Overweight

 A lot of kids and teens overeat when they are unhappy.

It has been said that these kids and teens are "feeding a sad heart". The good taste of the food and the sensation of it being in your mouth seems to soothe the pains of life. But the good taste lasts only a few minutes. And unfortunately the extra food results in more weight gain, which then makes you feel even more unhappy. This is a "vicious circle", and it just gets worse and worse unless you break it.

Try to find a way to soothe life's pains without overeating. Doing things with groups of kids or teens is one good way to soothe life's pains. Do things that you enjoy, like dance lessons, hiking, computer classes, biking, or whatever... just do it with someone else. Then you can support each other. You can also talk to your school counselor - that is what they are for.

It also helps to look at life as "An Adventure". Indiana Jones had lots of adventures. They didn't always turn out well, but they were never boring! The Chinese have a old saying about life. Instead of wishing you good luck they wish "that your life will be interesting!" Look for the interesting things in life, like people and books.


 Teasing

=> I HAVE BEEN OVERWEIGHT FOR ABOUT 4YEARS AND EVERY TIME I GO TO SCHOOL I GET TEASED A LOT ABOUT MY WEIGHT IT IS SO DISTRESSING I AM AFRAID TO GO TO SCHOOL IT IS LIKE I AM SCARED TO GO TO SCHOOL

=> I am 13. I am about 5'5. I weigh 210 pounds. I feel fat. I look Fat. I have people tease me cus i'm fat i consiered a gym and have been going. I try to eat right. I feel really depressed. I "hangout" with the popular kids. But the popular girls don't like me because i have a double chin the size of a 2 baseballs put together. I'm trying but i just don't know what to do. Can you please give me advice. I really need it. Thank you, afatkidthatnoonewants

 People tease others for all kinds of reasons, including because they feel insecure about themselves as well. We need to learn to love ourselves and our body, regardless of our weight. You might think, "I'm fat and that's why no one likes me." But remember, you are a unique and special person regardless of your weight. Focus on your self-esteem and make a list of your best virtues; you have lots of them. Once you begin to believe that you are a beautiful person just the way you are, you can then begin to concentrate on things to do to control your weight, if your doctor recommends weight loss for you. Talking with your doctor or registered dietitian is a good idea. They can help you develop a plan that is right for you and be supportive of you. Sometimes friends can also be very supportive and helpful while you are trying to loose weight by doing active exercise with you. Go for walks together, and you can also learn together about healthy eating.


 Vegetarian

=> I am overweight, and i am also vegetarian. All the weightloss programs are for people who eat meat. what can i do?

 Here is a good site for teen vegetarians


 Food availability

=> Everytime I plan to lose some pounds, my grandmother cooks something very fattening like fried chicken or potatoes and I can't go anywhere else.

=> How can I eat right when I have a meal plan at a cafeteria (University of Wyoming) that only serves unhealthy food. We don't have the finances to buy a lot of healthy food. Please Help us!!!!!!!!!!!

 Even if fattening food is all that is available, eating less of it will still allow you to control your weight. And non-fatting foods like apples and carrots are actually pretty cheap. You can organize a group to talk to your school cafeteria manager to offer more healthy foods.


 Whom do I ask about weight loss?

=> i need help about weight loss should i c my doctor?

 Before deciding to lose weight, seek the advice of your doctor or health care provider. Your doctor or health care provider is the best person to advise you on your healthy weight range and whether you need to lose weight. They can also evaluate you for any medical problems that can be associated with being overweight, like diabetes or high blood pressure.


 Am I Overweight?

=> I was writing to ask you a question. Here it is: How much is a 12 year old girl who is 5'5-5'6 supposed to weigh? Write back please!!! thanks blubber busters!!

=> im 16 years old im about 5'7 and i weigh about 182lbs people say im fat all the time but i was looking for the truth what is the weigh range supposed to be for kids my age and if i am overweight???

=> i want to know if my weight is healthy for my age. I am 13 years old in a few months i'll be 14 though. I weigh about 120 pounds. Is that OK.

=> I would like to know if I am overweight or not I weigh about 123-127 and I am 5'7" or 5'8" . I would really appreciate an answer to my question.

=> Hello, I was wondering if i was overweight. I'm 13, 5'2'' and i weigh 110. Am i overweight?

=> How do I find out how much I am supposed to weigh?

=> I think you should tell how much peoples weight is supose to be because I really want to know. I am 14 and weigh 134 is that all right? or am I an over grown monster?

=> I'm 15 years old. I am 5foot 6inches tall and I weigh 129 pounds. Is this a good weight for me. If I should lose weight, how much should I lose? Thanx muchly

=> Hey I have a question if I am 5 foot five and weigh 110 pounds would I be considered overweight? I am kinda worried since I read your article about it. Thanks,

 Your healthy weight range is determined by many factors: age, height, sex and the percent of body fat necessary for good health. Your doctor or health care provider may use growth charts and may calculate your "Body Mass Index" (BMI) to determine a healthy range for you. Your BMI simply tells how your weight compares to your height.  Your BMI "percentile" tells how your BMI compares to everybody else's.  A BMI above the 85 percentile for your age and sex indicates that you have a risk for being overweight.  It is important to remember that healthy weight falls within a wide range.  For example, a 13-year-old girl who is 5'4" tall would have a healthy weight between 87-127 pounds.  A 16 year-old boy who is 5'7" and still growing should be between 104-154 pounds.  You can measure your BMI percentile and determine your healthy weight range by using the calculator on this site.  Our calculator uses the new growth chart data files just released by the CDC National Center for Health Statistics.  Be reassured that you will still be healthy if you stay within the upper or lower end of the range.


 How can I lose weight?

=> Are there shortcuts to being slim?

=> I saw an ad that advertised a product that promised to take off 37-50lbs. GUARANTEED! Should I order this product and see what happens? I am desperate to lose weight.

=> hey!! i'm a 14 year old girl who is 30 lbs overweight. do u have any suggestions about how to loose the weight, keep it off, exercise more and be healthy??? THANKS

=> my mom had purchased a drink called "hollywood drink" that helps you loose weight in 48hrs. and it has been shown on tv. i have a 2 pack but the rest is fat hanging out. should i use the drink i don't have time to eat a balanced diet. i am 13 already!

 If you are trying to lose weight, you are not alone. According to recent news reports, almost 25% of teenagers are overweight or obese by medical standards. This is a serious problem because overweight teens are likely to remain overweight as adults. That's why NOW is a great time to learn how to attain and maintain a healthy weight. There are thousands of books, diets, supplements, quick weight loss programs and gimmicks on the market that claim they can help you lose weight fast. Be careful and cautious before trying any of these. Remember, you should always consult your doctor or health care provider before starting a weight loss program.

Unfortunately, there are no quick ways to loose weight safely and maintain healthy weight. There is no magical pill, supplement, exercise or diet. Simply stated, your body weight is controlled by how many calories you eat and how many calories you burn off. Calories are a measure of the energy or fuel which foods contain. In order to lose weight you have to burn off more calories than you eat every day. Here's an example: One pound of body weight equals 3500 calories. If you eat 500 calories less each day for 7 days, then you will lose one pound in seven days (500 x 7 = 3500). This is an example of losing weight by eating fewer calories. Food packages usually show how many calories the food contains.

You can also lose weight by increasing your exercise. For example, running at 5 miles per hour burns about 500 calories per hour. If you increase your exercise to burn off 500 more calories a day for 7 days, then you will lose one pound in seven days (500 x 7 = 3500). If you eat 500 calories less each day AND increase your exercise to burn off 500 more calories a day for 7 days you will lose 2 pounds a week (1000 x 7 = 7000). Losing one to two pounds a week is the most weight you can safely lose and still have healthy nutrition. Losing more weight than that is usually temporary, causes us to see-saw back and forth and get discouraged. So, the key to healthy weight loss is to do it slow (no more than 2 pounds a week), and steady.


 What is unsafe weight loss?

=> People don't think that I am over weight, but I think that I am. I am 15 years old about 5'6 or 5'7 and 125 pounds. I would like to at least be 10 pounds lighter if not 15 at least. But I need help doing this, every time I start to diet the first couple of days is okay then, it goes down hill from there, because I start to not care anymore even though I still really want o lose the weight. I decided that this year for my new years resolution I am going to start all over, try, and lose the weight. And that's where I need the help. In the past I would just not eat for days and that is how I would lose the weight. But now I would like a FAST (does not have to be easy) way to lose the weight. In 5 months I would like to lose 15 pounds (maybe even more) so I will look good for the summer and actually want to wear a swum suit. Can you help me figure out a way? 100 to 145

=> I am 13 years of age. I weigh a massive 145 pounds and want to get down to around 90 pounds. I know this is a big difference but I am so sick of being fat, being teased and being unable to fit into any nice, trendy clothes. My problem is that I have a huge appetite and can't stop eating. Sometimes, I throw up in the toilet after eating. Can you suggest anything to stop my cravings?

=> Hi! I am 15, about 5'5 or 5'6 and weigh about 124-127!! Is that bad....cuz I feel like I am deffinitly overweight and me being like this makes me upset and makes me feel weird around ppl who are skinnier than me! I feel guilty after I eat like I shouldnt of ate that! And sometime when I look in the mirror I just get so mad and I cry about it! I dont know what is a right diet for me cuz I am still probably growing and I need the nutrients and vitamins....so what kind of diet could I go on...I just wanna loose 10-15 pounds!! PLEASE HELP ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF!!

=> I will do anything to be thin, even starve myself for weeks on end. I feel superhuman when I go without food for 3-4 days. But then I get too hungry and overeat on the stuff I know I shouldn't eat and gain the 2-3 pounds I lost. Please help.

=> um..i just want to know if i am overweight? i am 5'6 and 111 lbs am i? i cant stop thinking i am dfat and i dont know if i am? i keep dieting and i want to know if i need to please help me.

 Losing weight by not eating or by throwing up is dangerous   Children and teens need adequate protein and calories for growth.  Moreover, underweight teenage girls can have menstrual problems.  Your doctor or nutritionist can advise you on the calorie and protein requirements that are best for you.
Some kids and teens believe that they are overweight when they are actually in the healthy weight range for their age, or they are even underweight.  Our weight and BMI percentile calculator can tell you whether you are overweight, healthy weight, or underweight according to health experts.  Your health care provider is the best source of information about your weight.

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