From Ellen, Child's Age 12 - 03/27/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Ok, so I am actually an overweight pre-teen. I wanted to ask you parents, how to persuade your mum you need to lose weight. I weigh 148 lbs and need to lose around 20lbs. I know I'm overweight and I struggle to lsoe because I have no support from my family. Every time i tell my mum I want to lose weight, she tells me I dont need to, but I know i do really. They often make comments about my weight, but they dont really help. They think ill become anorexic. How should I persuade them to help me lose?
Reply from Ellen, Age 12 - 04/18/11  - IP#:
Thank you Ashlie. I have lost 8 lbs this week. My mum noticed I was eating less and asked why. I said I was fed up with my brother teasing me. He is losing allowance every time he comments on my weight or my eating. Thank you very much, im changing my life for the better.
Reply from Ashlie - 04/04/11  - IP#:
Sometimes we can't convince people to think certain ways or do the things that we want. There can be several reasons why your mother or family say you don't need to lose weight or are unsupportive. They can range from their own insecurities of being overweight (if they admit you are overweight, then they feel pressured to address their own weight as well), to them showing their affection for you through food and when you turn it down they may be offended. There are several other possible reasons that you can read about in a recent tip called Unsupportive Families: When Parents are Unsupportive and Siblings Tease.
An unsupportive family doesn't mean you can't achieve your goals - including weight loss. There are ways to work around this challenge which are also in the above tip.
Reply from Linda, Age 13 - 03/31/11  - IP#:
my mom is the same way! please help us!