My teenager is overweight but seems happy. How can I convince her to lose weight without sending the wrong message and damaging her self-esteem?
There is a great deal of medical evidence showing that overweight teens are at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesteroland not just as adults. It is important for your daughter to hear this from you gently and supportively. Choose your words with care and be prepared to help her on her weight-loss journey by providing healthy foods, by taking walks or exercise classes with her (if she needs motivation) and by being encouraging and positive. Try not to be critical, no matter how frustrated you may feel inside.