A Special Conversation On Talking to Your Teens About Weight

Are you the parent of a tween or teen? Do you worry about your child’s weight? Does your child worry about their weight? Have you ever heard your child say “Ugh! I’m so fat!”? Did it leave you speechless and panicked? Are you worried that your child has an eating disorder or is over-weight? Are you at a loss when it comes to talking to your child about health, weight, and the importance of being active? Well, then I suggest you grab a cup of tea, get comfy, and have a listen to this wonderful conversation I had with Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, a researcher and professor at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of “I’m, Like, SO Fat”: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World.

Over the summer I read an article in the NY Times which hi-lighted the importance of avoiding commentary on your child’s weight. Dr. Neumark-Sztainer was featured in the article, and it reminded that I had read her book a while back. I decided to reach out to her to see if she would be willing to chat with me. Of course, I was thrilled when she said yes, and excited to share our conversation with you. We discuss how to talk to your teen, how to create a health-promoting environment at home, how to approach teens that want to be vegan,  the importance of family meals (of course!), and much more.

I hope you enjoy our conversation, and as always, I welcome your comments, feedback, and suggestions.

With Love,

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2 Responses to A Special Conversation On Talking to Your Teens About Weight

  1. Wow Reshma this couldn’t have come at a better time. Yesterday my 12 year old weighed herself and she was embarrassed to tell her younger sister how much she weighed. I was shocked as we have NEVER cared about weight- just stay active and eat the right foods. I was pretty upset that she even thought twice about this silly number as she is slim and athletic. I can’t wait to hear your interview and find out ways to make sure I’m doing everything I can to keep her on the right path.

    • Rocio,
      Sounds like you are doing all of the right things! I know the first time I heard a comment about “being too big”, I felt panicked. I think the trick is to let them have their feelings, offer support, and if they are ready to talk about it, do some deep listening — so hard to do when all you want to do is tell them how absolutely perfect they are!

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