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 BMI Calculators, Waist Circumference Measurements and Body Shapes

=> I am 15 , 5'5 and 145 pounds. Every BMI I try says im either healthy weight or overweight, i am very muscular though especially in the leg area. Do BMI calculators measure in how much muscle you have also?

=> what is a healthy waist circumference for a teenaged girl?

=> how do you tell if you have an apple shape or a pear shape and what are the differences in the two?

=> Hi lucy my name is angel I'm 12 y and 10 m I have a flat stumach no rolls but my legs are fine not thin or thick but I feel fat even I am not I weigh 193 lbs (85 kg) and I am very muscular should I lose weight it look like if I weigh57 kg but 2 children at my school still teases me! What should I do. But I just ignore them ! All of my friends say I am not fat but I feel fat

=> Is it normal to look less than you weight? Doctors and my parents predict usually about 20lbs less than I do. I weight 143 (65kg) but most people say I look 123 (56kg). I`m 12...though. I`m 5`2 and haven`t had my growth spurt yet and I eat super healthily and very active. I`m a swimmer, I play tennis, I joined the soccer team I`m gonna go play for the basketball team...I know a lot of weight it muscle but I can`t help look at myself and feel that I`m fat.

 BODY MASS INDEX (BMI)
Check the weight calculator on this site to check that your weight is in a healthy range. The BMI does calculate normal musculature ranges as part of the equation.

Enter your birth date, sex, height and weight to calculate your BMI. Your BMI is your weight divided by your height squared or:


weight
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(height) X (height)

WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE.
Waist circumference is also a good indicator of your health and risk for certain diseases. Teens whose waist circumference measures more than half their total height are more likely to show signs of high blood pressure and total cholesterol and lower levels of good (HDL) cholesterol than teens who are overweight or obese but have a smaller waist-to-height ratio.

To measure your waist circumference, use a tape measure. Start at the top of the hip bone, then bring it all the way around -- level with your navel. Make sure it's not too tight and that it is parallel with the floor. Don't hold your breath while measuring it!

BODY SHAPES
Here is a good tip on body shapes and How To Dress To Look You Best. Keep active, exercise regularly and eat healthy. All good ideas for being a healthy weight!


 Losing Weight & Helping My Self-Esteem

=> I'm 12 years old and 5,6 and wiegh 198 I what to lose 50 over the school year how do I do that and still fucuasd on my school work plz answer.

=> I'm 11 almost 12 and I wiegh 140 pounds! :( I feel like I'm the gayest kid on the universe! All my friends are skinny! Help me lose weight!!

=> I weigh 110 and im 4'11 im trying to lose weight so i can feel good about myself but i just cant.i am going through puberty and i need some self esteem.almost all my friends are skinnier then me i need help!

=> i am twelve and my height is 4 foot 6.i weigh 95 pounds.i think that i am fat compared to every one else in school.i really want a boy friend but no one will go out with me.all my friends have a boyfriend but i think i am fat so thats why no one goes out with me.am i fat or over weight for a 7th grade girl

=> I feel so.isolated by my wieght. What should I do

=> I'm 12. I'm tall for my age. I am 5'4 and weigh 145ish pounds. Is that too much? I wanna be skinny.... I feel like.. I'm pretty but my body just isn't good enough. Any tips?

=> how can you stay active and stay away from all of the junk food? and how not to get made fun of?

 We all suffer from low self esteem or low self confidence sometimes. Itís common to have low self esteem when we are growing up, especially in our teens, when we are still trying to figure out who we are and where we fit in. Girl Exercising We all want to fit in and look the same as everyone else. But, that might be unrealistic and certainly BORING. We should strive to be who we are as each of us has unique talents and abilities.

Here are some great ideas to improve your self esteem and how to be more positive. Youíll be amazed how thinking more positively about yourself can help you to overcome your feelings of hopelessness and help you start on your weight loss journey with more confidence.

You will also need MOTIVATION to lose weight and keep it off. Being motivated is what keeps us going when we want to give up. Set small goals so you can accomplish them. Then set another small goal. Step by step, that is what works! Armed with self esteem and motivation, you will have the tools to lose weight the healthy way.


 Spot Weight Loss - Arms and Thighs

=> I've got fat arms and now I'm using a new cardio routine which involves dummbells, my mum say I would grow muscles under all that fat and my arms would look a lot bigger. Is this true??

=> I am a 12 year old girl. I live in South Africa an di know I am over weight I way 52KG and I don't know what to do my upper legs are bigger than my two hands together what can I do to lose some weight and get my legs smaller please help me

 Trying to reduce fat in one area of your body usually just doesnít work. However, toning, or strengthening the muscles in certain locations (such as your arms or thighs) can help give your body a better appearance.

The key is REPETITION. It is the repeated repetition of movement that tones and strengthens, NOT how much weight you lift. In fact, too heavy a weight can cause bulging so be sure to use proper weights for your size and ability.

The simple act of walking more and watching your portion sizes can make a difference in your weight and overall appearance. Try fun activities like swimming, dancing, jumping rope, or playing sports at least 30 minutes a day. You will notice a difference! Check out Exercising Smart for more exercise ideas. Keep moving, and you will see overall better results!


 Why Do I Eat So Much - Why Don't I Stop?

=> I'm really upset because i an overweight and i got sad even cried because i had to get a size large in womens clothing because i had to go swimming. When my mom orders me shirts im afraid that they will say my size out infront of everyone and im afraid that people will make fun of me. I have tried cutting down on meals i have exercised but im almost 200 pounds and im 5 foot 4 and im obeise can you help me ?

=> I am 13 years old. I weigh about 450lbs, and i have been pretty heavy since i was 10. I dont know why i keep getting more and more chubby by the day, all i know is that it is getting in the way with my life. I can't participate in GYM, scince my belly gets in the way and jiggles along with my...other...parts. Please help me Wiz.

=> What Can I Do To Loose Weight I've Tried Loads Of Diets But Non Of Them Have Worked?

=> I weigh 152lbs and im 5ft. Im really tired of being tge chubby girl, but i just dont know how to loose weight. My family knows im chubby they just dont know i weigh this much. My question is how do i get myself to stop eating? And any other advice you can give me? Thanks!

=> how do i stop my self from eating too much food everyday?

 We are often asked "What can I do to loose weight?" But, the real question you might want to ask yourself is, "Why do I eat so much?" "Why can't I stop!"

Try this idea:
1. Take out a piece of paper right now and write down those two questions.
2. Answer each question. We'll wait until you have answered.

What did you say to WHY I EAT SO MUCH? Common answers are, "I'm bored, depressed, lonely, sad, or stressed." Now, what did you say to WHY I CAN'T STOP? "Once I start, I just can't stop," "It tastes so good," or "It comforts me." Those are also common responses.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOSE THE WEIGHT YOU WANT? Here are some things you can do:
Step 1. Recognize that you have a food problem. You might be using food for comfort and are overeating out of habit, not because you are hungry.

Step 2. Write down reasons why you want to lose weight. (Feel better, fit into cool clothes, get a date, etc). The reasons why you want to lose weight will help MOTIVATE you.

Step 3. Write down a plan for how you will reach those goals. For example, "I will skip eating seconds for dinner," "When I get a craving for food I will do a distracting activity like play a computer game or go for a walk."

Step 4. Start by identifying ONE problem food you have. For example, chocolate or french fries, soda or ice cream. Completely AVOID THAT ONE FOOD. Keep track of how many days you can avoid it. You may need about 10 days before your brain will feel in control of that food. Good Job!!!

Step 5. Identify ONE OTHER problem food and completely AVOID THAT ONE FOOD. Again, keep track of how many days you can avoid it. It gets easier the longer you stay away from it and the more problem foods you avoid. DO NOT GO BACK TO EATING ANY OF THE PROBLEM FOODS YOU HAVE AVOIDED. Stop several problem foods this same way.

Step 6. You will be losing weight! Now you can start CUTTING DOWN ON FOOD AMOUNTS. Try cutting down everything you eat a little at a time. If you weigh yourself frequently, every 2-3 days, you can monitor your food intake and keep your weight going in the downward direction or at a maintenance level.

TRY IT AND LET US KNOW HOW IT WORKS!!

Check out many of the great tips in the tips area of this site on this subject:
How Do I Lose Weight
Say Goodby to Your Problem Foods
Withdrawal from Food Addiction
Preventing Food Addiction Relapse
Say Good By to the Food Drug


 Bullied at School Because of Weight

=> im only 10 and im 100 pounds and everyone keeps bullying me at school what should i do

=> My at school make fun of me and my friend because were fat me and my friend wanna lose how do we do it???

 Bullies are nothing more than trouble-making LOSERS!! They are looking for attention and getting it makes them feel important and powerful. Here are some things you can do to stop the bullying:

1. Avoid them. If someone is bully you, try to stay away from them. That strips them of the fun they get from bullying.
2. Donít react and donít show your feelings. If you encounter a bully, ignore him/her or act like you donít care. Donít get angry or show that you are upset. Hold your head up high, walk away and get to a safe place. Learn more on how to deal with bullies and improve your self esteem. You will feel more confident about yourself and it will show. That will have the bully looking elsewhere!
3. Donít do what they want you to do. Say ďNO!" If you stick up for yourself, bullies usually leave you alone.
4. Get a buddy. Plan ahead and walk with a friend whenever you think you might encounter the bully.
5. Tell an adult like a school teacher or parent. Let them know what is happening to you. Bullying is wrong and IF WE ALL SPEAK UP WHEN WE SEE IT, WE CAN STOP IT!

Here are more ways to deal with bullies. Once you have the bully situation under control, check out many of the great tips in the tips area of this site on how to lose weight.


 How To Get MOTIVATION

=> I am a 13 year old girl. I just started a diet plan to help me lose weight. I live in Brazil, so I can do sports at school and stuff because I am homeschooled. I walk 4 miles everyday, and eat a very small snack every 2 hours. I read online that this helps you lose weight. My problem is to exercise. I can't find the motivation to do more that just got walking. What can I do to get motivated???? Thanks SO much!!!! Oh, and do you think this is a good diet plan??

=> im a 13 year old boy and i really have to lose weight but have no idea how too.....im quite over weight for my age and need to lose weight, could you please give me some tips ? Its not tat i dont have time to exercise but im to lazy so could you like tell me what to do, or what to eat ?

=> I'm 15 years old and I am 6 feet tall, but I weigh over 200 pounds so I know I am overweight, I feel really self-conscious and I feel like guys don't like me and all other girls are prettier and skinnier than me. I can't run because i run out of breath and I have to wear oversized boy clothes. I want to loose weight so badly, but I'm obsessed with food and I am a couch potato, what should I do?

 Here's the simple truth: NO MOTIVATION = NO WEIGHT LOSS. If you have little motivation to eat less junk food, eat less food amounts, or stop eating when you aren't really hungry, you will not lose weight. Similarly, if you have little motivation to distract yourself with other activities when you aren't really hungry, you will not lose weight. So here are some things to help you get MOTIVATION:

1. Write down WHY I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT.
2. Write down all the reasons WHY LOSING WEIGHT IS HARD FOR ME.
3. Make a list of FUN ACTIVITIES / DISTRACTIONS I WANT TO TRY. Here's some to try.
4. Do something on your fun activities / distractions list EVERY DAY! If you don't feel like doing something, review Why I Want To Lose Weight. Your list should give you MOTIVATION.
5. KEEP TRACK of the activities / distractions you have tried.
6. Keep a FOOD / ACTIVITIES / DISTRACTIONS DIARY. Write down everything you eat and what activities and distractions you do each day. Get moving. Review your reasons Why I Want To Lose Weight if you need motivation.
7. Pick one food goal and one exercise goal each week. Check your progress at the end of every day, that helps you stay on track and stay motivated.
8. WRITE DOWN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. This is a great motivator to keep you going.
9. Reward yourself after each goal you achieve but do NOT reward yourself with food.
10. Start on your next goal. The key is to do it step by step.

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.


 Growth Spurts - Will I Grow Into Being Thinner

=> I am 12 years old and I really want to turn skinny! When I tell my mum to get only fruits an veg at home so all afus can eat( my sister is kind of fat as well) she says I will get skinny as I grow up but I want to turn skinny now! Pleas can you help?

=> I`m heavier than nearly everyone in my grade at school. I`m loosing weight now finally, not by scale but by clothes. I`ve lost about 2 US jean sizes in about a month and now these are becoming to big as well... I`m 12 and I want to loose weight in my upper-body as well. I`m big-boned and 5`2. I also want to lose weight on the scale as well. I haven`t had my growth spurt yet so most people say that after I do grow my body would most likely change and all but I`m a bit scared.

=> Im almost 16 I play volleyball for two hours everyday and basketball for two hours once a week and I eat healthy for the most part but I can't seem to lose weight and I have been the same weight since I was 13 and I do not see any muscle gain... Why is this?

 Growth Spurts Are Normal. Slow Steady Growth Without Growth Spurts Are Also Normal. So, donít worry.

Most everyone experiences spurts in growth during pre teen and teenage years. Girls usually between 8-13 and boys between 10-16. Most girls reach adult height by the age of 18 and most boys by age 20. Others grow at a slow, steady pace throughout teen years without experiencing any spurts.

What Happens During a Growth Spurt. Bones and muscles grow and develop. You may have experienced little ďgrowing painsĒ which often occur in the legs. Donít worry, your bones are growing! All of this occurs at different times for everyone so be patient.

What you can do. Continue to eat healthy, exercise to keep your bones strong and keep positive. By maintaining your current food intake, you should "grow" into your taller you and look thinner. Muscle gain will also continue so be patient and keep active.


 Can Losing Weight Be Fun

=> How can I lose weight in a way i will find fun and Entertaining ?

 Keeping your weight loss fun is a great way to stay motivated. Keep things fun by writing down as many activities that you can think of that you enjoy and place them in a jar. When you are tempted to reach for a snack, or if you are looking for something to do, reach into the jar and grab an activity. This can be anything that would keep you distracted from food: dancing, reading a book, taking your dog for a walk, calling a friend. More ideas can be found here. Be creative, mix it up, have fun!

If you have friends that also want to lose weight, you might start a friendly challenge where points are given for doing certain activities, drinking enough water, making healthy snack choices, etc. An online weight loss buddy can also help keep you motivated. Check out the message boards on this site to meet others that want to be healthier also.


 How To Resist Junk Food - How Can I Stop?

=> how can you stay active and stay away from all of the junk food? and how not to get made fun of?

=> I am fifteen, 5 3 and 180 lbs. I play soccer and am a goalie but im not very good, considering how out of shape I am. I can't run that long, im terrible at eating right. I feel like I have a binge eating problem. I really really want to make the soccer team in high school next year, but i dont have a chance. I was wondering if you have exercise tips and dieting tips to help me?? Thanks.

=> I love snacking on crackers, cookies, and chocolate during my free time. Also, I LOVE cranberry juice too because it sooves my throat. I really want to control this craving because I know that I don't need it except... I get hungry! Do you think that I an eating disorder?

=> I know that I need to exersize more and eat healthier but my parents fill the house will junk food that everyone loves. My mom tried to put us on a health kick but even she doesn't get healthier foods, what do I do?

 JUNK FOOD = WEIGHT GAIN. DON'T STOP = MORE WEIGHT GAIN.
OBJECTIVE: HOW TO STOP!!


It should be easy, just stop eating the junk food. But, what's going on here, you can't seem to resist. Could it be that your craving is really more of a "food addiction?" Check out helpful information about what food addiction is and how to conquer cravings.

Here are some starting tips:
1. Make a plan: Cut out junk food one at a time. Do distracting activities.
2. Be MINDFUL of what you are eating.
3. Surround yourself with SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE. Get a weight loss buddy!
4. Get junk food out of site! Out of site, out of mind!
5. THINK BEFORE YOU EAT! Are you really hungry? If not, DON'T EAT. THINK DISTRACT like in distracting activities.

Here are more things you can do to help you get through your cravings and tips on how to make your house more junk food safe.


 Tips On How To Lose Weight

=> i dont like to be fat .... i want some details that how i loose my weight... will you please help me .. i live in pakistan

=> im 11 about 5'3 and im 180 i want to lose weight but i cant i hate being fat i always feel like crying when i take a shower. can u plz tell me how to at least be 115 lbs!!!!!!!!

=> CAN U HELP ME LOSE 60LBS IN some months i hate being 180 im shoulbe 120 i need your help

 

Welcome to this site! To start, it might be good idea for you to find out whether or not you are actually overweight. Use our weight calculator to determine if you are underweight, a healthy weight, overweight or obese.

If you determine that you are overweight, you can get lots of information in the Healthy Weight School section of this site. There are also active message boards and a chat room, where pre-teens, teens, and older support each other with tips and ideas. You didn't mention your age, but here is the link to the Teen Message Board to get you started.

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