For teens who struggle with their weight, it can be easy for them — and their parents — to fret about the number they see on the bathroom scale. But a new set of guidelines says parents can help their teens by taking the focus off what they weigh and instead encouraging good eating habits. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission.
5 Ways to Reach a Healthy Weight
5 Ways to Reach a Healthy Weight (for Teens) - Nemours KidsHealth
Being healthy is really about being at a weight that is right for you. The best way to find out if you are at a healthy weight or if you need to lose or gain weight is to talk to a doctor or dietitian, who can compare your weight with healthy norms to help you set realistic goals. If it turns out that you can benefit from weight loss, then you can follow a few of the simple suggestions listed below to get started. Weight management is about long-term success. People who lose weight quickly by crash dieting or other extreme measures usually gain back all and often more of the pounds they lost because they haven't changed their habits in a healthy way that they can stick with. The best weight-management strategies are those that you can maintain for a lifetime.
How Can I Lose Weight Safely?
Some teenagers have difficulty keeping up with the energy needs of their bodies and may be underweight. The reasons for this may be that they are growing taller, exercising a lot with sports, are too busy or distracted to eat appropriate meals, or might simply have a high metabolism the way our body burns calories. Growing during the teen years requires more food energy than at other times of life. Teens can lose weight when they are burning more calories than they are taking in.
Back to Healthy weight. Are you worried about being underweight? Or perhaps your friends or parents have mentioned it? We all grow and develop at different rates.