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As a teen, how can my family help me lose weight?

Thomas E. Pryor, MD
Family Medicine
Your family can be a huge blessing in your challenge to lose weight by supporting your efforts. Start by sharing with your family what you’re trying to do. Weight loss should be done through regular exercise and changing the way you eat and what you eat.
Talk to your parents about menu planning with more vegetables and fruits. Maybe you could help with preparing dinner where your whole family can share a meal together? Your family might also share in walks or other activities for exercise and allow time for you to participate in sports. Your parents can also arrange a time to meet with your doctor to help you in your efforts. Your family plays a key role in your plans to lose weight but be patient and talk to them about your ideas and be willing to work hard to support the changes you want the family to share in.

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