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teen weight loss programs

By Anonymous April 2, 2013 - 7:23am
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I have a 15 year old daughter who is overweight and I am looking for ways to get her motivated to lose weight is there any free or low cost programs in THE PHOENIX AZ AREA

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

You might want to try a walking group for your daughter. Check with your local community rec centers to see what they offer. There are many free "girls on the run"-type programs that foster friendships as well as motivation and healthy exercise.Her school should also offer non-competitive programs like this - check with them or look on their website.

Gyms offer cheap monthly rates with no commitment or sign-up fees that may help her - joining a class is also good for motivation.

Her doctor may also be able to recommend a program for her.

Since you're in AZ, simply walking or going outside can help. Have her try swimming - this is very easy on the joints and most city pools are free for residents.

If her weight gain and eating are out of control, talk to a little about why she is eating so much. Is she blocking something out? Is she hiding inside her body? Is she addicted to food?

We know that we are overweight because we eat too much; what many of us don't know is WHY we eat so much. Once we figure out this cause-and-effect, we can begin to get healthy. Overeating is an emotional thing - not just something physical. You need to find out why she is "medicating" herself with food.

Starting off slowly - perhaps taking walks together, can get her on the road to fitness and also give you both a chance to talk and perhaps find out where the problem lies and go from there.

Spring catalogs should be out this week for most cities.



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