How to Help an Adolescent with a Weight Problem

. Sunday, November 9, 2008
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The following are tips for families and friends of adolescent with a weight problem.


  • Comment favorably on constructive changes in the teenager’s eating habits.
  • Compliment the teenager for avoiding situations hat trigger overating.
  • Keep problem foods (high-calorie, high-fat foods) out of sight, and preferably out of the house.
  • Stock tasty low-calorie foods such as skim milk product, fresh fruits, and raw vegetables in the cupboard and refrigerator.
  • Encourage the teenager to plan meals and to choose healthful, low-fat cooking methods
  • Be pessimistic
  • Scold or nag if the teenager fails to keep to the diet plan; negotiation is a better approach.
  • Tell other people about any failure or back sliding on the teenagers part.
  • Offer food that is forbidden. (“A little won’t hurt you.”).
  • Offer foods as a sign of affection. (“But I prepared it especially for you.”)


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