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Keep your kids happy, healthy, and safe with the advice in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Awareness of your own healthy behaviors
- Family meals (optional)
- Group exercise (optional)
Don’t call them overweight
Don’t openly refer to the teen as overweight. This may make them feel ashamed and could make matters worse.
Ask if you can help them
Volunteer to help them become healthier rather than suggest they lose weight. Keep the focus on health rather than diet and weight loss.
Don’t suggest dieting
Suggest fun forms of exercise and activities instead of dieting. Cooking together and exploring healthy food options will keep the focus on healthy lifestyles.
Don’t push things on teens
Employ gentle encouragement instead of pushing anything on an overweight teen. Their willingness to want to lose weight must, and will only, come from them.
Set an example
Model healthy lifestyle habits, including what you eat. Make sure your relationship with food is healthy – examples are powerful motivators.
Show love and support
Show consistent love and support whatever they do.