From Jackie, Child's Age 15 - 11/13/11 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
Hey all, i am writing this here because i don't know what to do with my daughter. Last year she was active, slim and went played sports. But that all changed, she started gaining weight pretty fast a couple months ago. She goes to the Mcdonalds and buys a lot of candy and such now. Last week i saw here in her now too small bikini and i was shocked. My once slim girl was now really 'fat'. She also has stretchmarks on her belly. So i had a talk with her about her weight, but she just shrugs it off. She just says:"Yea i am a bit chubby, but who cares". I weighed here and she weighs 178 lbs. But after that talk she didn't ajust here eating habits and kept eating junk food, ignoring all my advice. I am happy she is confident with her body, as she has no trouble going out to swim in a bikini, but i really would like her to lose weight. Sorry for the long story but is there anyway i can cinvince my dauther to lose weight or is it the hormones?
Reply from Lucy - 11/21/11  - IP#:
It sounds like currently your daughter does not have anything motivating her to lose weight. Most teens who want to lose weight are motivated by something: health reasons, wanting to look a certain way in cute clothes, wanting to attract a boy. Some are motivated to lose weight so they don't get teased. It seems like you are able to talk openly with your daughter, so perhaps you could spend some time asking her about these topics and see if something seems to be interesting to her. Also, try to set a good example with your own eating/ snacking habits. Invite her to explore this website where she can read about other teens' struggles with their weight. Also, here is a link to a book that talks more about childhood obesity: Good luck!