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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Disclaimer: I'm not a parent so I can't speak from personal experience. Also, there seem to be several issues, but the main one is how to talk to her about her weight, so I will cover only that with ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Your daughter is 16 years old. While you're right that she's "under [y]our roof and so [y]our rules", that's not going to last forever; presumably she'll be moving out to go to college (or something ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Lose weight yourself. I don't mean that flippantly, there are studies showing that when people around you lose weight, especially close family members, then you are more likely to lose weight without ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Just for reference: the BMI is 28.3 (72.5 kg, divided by 1.6 m squared), which you may want to edit into your question. This is close to the 95th percentile for 16 year old girls, which was ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Since many of the answers on here are stuff like "be open and understanding", I'll offer a... gruffer... perspective. At 16, and especially if she has an attitude like the one you describe, there's ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

I will speak from personal experience growing up with a mother who was completely convinced that I was overweight. Lead by example, not fear My mother, who always insisted on calling out my weight ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

We started to limit what we cook and what we put on the table in order to limit the amount of food she eats. This is a really really bad idea. If you limit snacks, that's one thing, but if you ...
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Should I limit the amount my toddler eats?

Offer your child a variety of food, mostly healthy. Do not limit the amount of healthy food. Restrictive feeding of children by parents is associated with eating in the absence of hunger (inability to ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

I'm going to speak up here with my experience as a child in this situation. This is your daughter's last chance, in all likelihood, to avoid a lifetime of obesity. I deeply regret that my parents ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Stop bugging her about this and just try to enjoy time as a family. My dad ruined my self confidence and body image when I was a teenager and just slightly overweight. This led to stubbornness on my ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

she plays field hockey and softball). She does not drive. Encourage athletic activities and lifestyle If she has interest, sign her up for off-season practice or teams! If she doesn't, find another ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Until last year I was in a similar situation as your daughter. My mom always encouraged me to eat healthy and did her best to be a good example and help me do it. But honestly the real change only ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

I'm young and formerly underweight. I used to eat mostly carbs and sugar. I started going to the gym because a friend dragged me there. At first it was awkward because I felt incompetent, but now I ...
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How to weigh a newborn at home?

The best bet I have found (I had to do home weights on one of my children) is to use a hanging weight as they are very accurate, and use a baby ring sling to suspend it. You have to account for the ...
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3 months old not gaining weight well from exclusive breastfeeding

If you need a second opinion, please get one from another doctor (preferably as soon as possible so that your baby can get the necessary nutrition without delay.) However, since you asked: Yes, you ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

You need to be inclusive - for as long as she is the overweight one she will feel victimised and her exposure to the dark side of feminism will give her a plethora of excuses and rationalisations to ...
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How do I help my college age daughter who has gained too much weight at college?

Ask her. It sounds like she has a good understanding of the problem and the general solution, so don't try to push anything on her. If you tell her, "I love you very much, and I know you're ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Put her in a new environment. Throughout my life, my father (RIP) used to take me out of my comfort zone if he saw something that was happening to me that he did not like. Of course, at the time, I ...
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Will a road trip (travel) make an infant weaker and more prone to illness?

This is from a recent experience, not a pediatrician advice. I have a 8.5 month old daughter, underweight. She had a slight cold at the time but she's usually pretty though (my wife caught a minor ...
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How to get my 14 month old toddler who has a lot of food allergies to gain weight?

My daughter didn't have allergies, but she did have quite bad reflux, and also had oral motor issues that made eating difficult (we feed her now through a g-tube). She also required anti-seizure ...
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What is the best milk fat content for a toddler aged 2?

Dr David Ludwig and Dr Walter Willet published a 2013 opinion column in JAMA Pediatrics that questioned the value of recommending low-fat or skim milk for children. While much of the article is behind ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Based on what you've said here, you have a couple different issues here. Some are directly related to weight and health, others only tangentially. You need to be careful in how you deal with each ...
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How do I help my college age daughter who has gained too much weight at college?

Something not talked about in the other great answers is that in college it can be difficult to plan and eat healthy meals and healthy portioned meals. If she is open to the discussions, talk to her ...
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Our infant drinks almost no breastmilk anymore and gains no weight. What can we do?

Well, the first thing you need to do is to take your daughter to a doctor and explain the problem. There are many reasons behind this scenario another thing you can do is to try to feed milk with a ...
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9 year old growth spurt but never hungry

Speaking for averages, According to the CDC growth charts, a 50th percentile 9 year old will weigh about 63 pounds (28.5 kilograms). A 50th percentile 9.5 year old will weigh about 66 pounds (around ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Preamble Firstly, when discussing these things with her, make no mention of her weight and make it clear that you are only interested in the family's health and enjoyment (even if that's a bit of a ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

Skip to the bottom for a short version First, let me say that I am generally on the side of "My roof, my rules." If you look at my posts you will see a pattern of supporting the parents as they are ...
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How to talk to a teen daughter about her weight

As you said But as to talking to her about her weight, we are at a loss. She's an ultra liberal feminist, so any discussion about her weight has and will inevitably lead to accusations of "fat ...
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