Weight loss for teenage girls is a hot topic these days as so many teenagers are trying to look like their celebrity idols. What they fail to realize is that most pictures of celebrities have been airbrushed to make the woman look thinner and more beautiful. Add to that the bevy of hairstylists and other professionals on hand prior to the photo shoot and it is easy to see why girls are so misled. It is a pity that they couldn’t see their favorite celebrity in all her morning glory i.e. without makeup or hairstylists as then they would get a truer picture.
So what type of weight loss for teenage girls is healthy? Some teenage girls need to lose weight and get more exercise. In fact about a fifth of the teenage population is severely overweight and that carries long term health risks. They are more likely to suffer cardiac problems, diabetes and a whole host of other illnesses.
Other teenagers are underweight with anorexia and bulimia being an issue amongst girls and boys. Regardless of your child’s weight issues, never let their weight become a focus point. Life is too short to obsess over weight gain or loss unless it is causing a potentially serious health problem. Then you need advice from a suitably qualified doctor, not your friends and neighbors; regardless of how well meaning they may be.
All teenagers would benefit from a healthy lifestyle program. They need to eat better and exercise more. Don’t forget that kids learn from their parents so if you are not fit, active and eating healthily then you can’t expect your kids to be. The whole family should change their diet at the same time as this is less likely to cause teenagers to become obsessive over their weight.
Educate your kids about the different food groups. Explain the different roles that carbohydrates, protein and fats make up in their body. Don’t prohibit any particular food as that will immediately make it more attractive. But that doesn’t mean that they can have candy and cakes every day. Suggest that these remain a treat for special occasions.
Take your teenager shopping with you and allow them to pick out their meals based on some light ground rules such as lean meat and must include at least two fruit or vegetables. Teach them how to cook their own food so that they do not rely on pre-packaged or worse fast food pick ups.
Get your teenagers involved in sports. Hopefully they will have played some form since childhood but if they haven’t yet found something they enjoy, encourage them to sign up for some classes. You may have to “bribe” them with the lure of a new outfit or night out at bowling or the movies (skipping the soda pop and candy obviously!).
Exercise is great for all of us and helps with weight loss for teenage girls. It also helps them to deal with their hormones and other aspects of growing up.