From kate, Age 11 - 03/02/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ht. 5'1", Start: 162 lb, Today: 152 lb (BMI %tile: 98), Goal: 140 lb - hello everyone i am new and i am sick today ann reeally sad because yesterday my unclle was joking and he said i aam fat and eat alot and that hurtmy feelingss. everyone is at a healthy weight and tall in my family except me i want to lose weight so my family could be proud of me. please help. i feel so tired if i just walk up 1 stairs and get out of breath i. plasebgive me tipss on becoming healthy.
Reply from Katie, Age 21 - 03/07/11  - IP#:
Hey Kate,
I know what your uncle said probably really did hurt your feelings, and I'm so sorry to hear that he said that. It's rude and un-supportive! I'll try to help, but I can't do much from online, especially since I don't know you personally.
First of all, don't plan on losing weight for anyone but YOURSELF. YOU are the most important here, okay? I know how it is wanting to be someone your family can be proud of, but it won't stick unless you're doing it for YOU.
As for being out of breath when you climb a flight of stairs, I know a lot of people that happens to! Just take baby steps; ask your mom or dad to sign you up for a team sport, take your dog for a walk (if you have one!), or go for a walk with an older family member or your friends (if it is safe).
Most importantly, remember that you are just a kid! You are much too young to be putting this much pressure on yourself, so be nice to you okay? And next time your uncle says something like that, stand up for yourself and tell him to knock it off. Hang in there!