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From Jan, child's age 15
I was not an overweight child or young adult. Something happened in my 30's and my weight escalated. I tried every diet under the sun and couldn't seem to get the weight off. Eventually I underwent gastric bypass surgery and have successfully kept the weight off for almost 3 years. My daughter weighs approximately 226 down from 232. She has finally taken an interest in losing weight. I blame myself for her being overweight because during her formative years I was so overweight I never had the energy to exercise with her and encourage playing outside. Because of me she developed bad habits of snacking and watching entirely too much television and sitting in front of the computer. Now I have changed my habits and can't seem to find the right way to get her to change hers. As stated she has finally decided to try and cut her caloric intake but she's borderline just giving up and any moment. She won't exercise with me. She thinks her weight should drop fast like it did with my surgery. I've tried to explain this to her and encourage her. She's doing it the right way...the healthy way. Not that I'm knocking surgery. I just wish I had changed my eating habits before I got to the point that surgery was my only option. Do any of you have any suggestions and words of encouragement for her?