BlubberBusters Tips from Lucy
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Talking With Your Parents
About Your Weight Loss Wishes

Many kids and teens say they need more support from their parents. They think this can help them lose weight. If you need help talking about your weight with your parents, read on!

  • Write down on a piece of paper all the reasons you want to lose weight. List as many as you can think of. List all the reasons that are important to you. If you want, you can turn this list into a letter to give your parents.

  • Pick a good time to talk to your parents. Make sure you pick a time of day that is not busy. Pick a peaceful time.

  • If you are nervous, keep that list handy. You can also just read the letter you wrote. If you do not want to read it, you can just hand it to them.

  • Tell your parents specific ways they can support your weight loss. Maybe you find it helpful for them to keep certain food out of the house. Maybe you do not want them making comments about your food choices. Think long and hard about what can help or hurt your weight loss.

  • Maybe your parents want to lose weight too. Ask them to join you in this healthy adventure!

  • If your parents do not want to change how they eat and exercise, respect their choice. They might just see you feeling better and join you anyway!

  • Go grocery shopping with them. Point out the foods that are lower calorie you like in the house. Make sure you actually eat these foods since sometimes they can cost more money.

If you and your parents are going to get healthier together, try to compete. Place a big map of your city or local area on the wall. Each person gets a different color tack or marker. Each day, keep track of how far each of you walk, run, or bike. Use this distance to mark it on a map. See who can get to a certain point first!


Make this a healthy week!

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