You’ve done everything to try and get your teen to lose weight. You’ve tried programs, joining the gym and even humiliation. You thought if they were embarrassed like you seem to be, they might do something about the weight, but what if the weight means more than that?
One of the first steps to losing weight is your teen accepting themselves the way they are, large or small. They have to accept themselves the way they are and then recognize what is contributing to them being “out of control” when it comes to their eating. For some teens it’s about creating a barrier between themselves and others. If they have a history of abuse, the weight is a way to make themselves less attractive to people who might want to abuse them. In other words, the weight becomes a protective mechanism. Asking these teens to lose weight is like asking them to be vulnerable to abuse they endured like molestation or rape.
Overweight teens have all sorts of reasons they’re not able to control their eating and lose the weight so taking the time to understand what the weight means to them can help them solve more than just heir weight issues.