Q & A #3

Happy Wednesday peeps! I got an email the other day that really got me thinking. I began contemplating what I went through and what I have seen my brothers and other family members go through. When I was doing my pardio (cardio at the park) with my dear friend Alison we chatted about it. So, without further ado here is this weeks question courtesy of Olivia…

Do you recommend, teenagers that are over weight to lose weight? So they don’t have to worry about further health issues when they are older.

In an ideal world while we grow up our parents would feed us healthy food and we would get plenty of exercise, but this world is not exactly ideal. So, instead of healthy food and exercise we have fast food and video games. I think that it truly depends on the teenager in question. I’ll give you two examples:

  • Myself: My Mom and Dad did everything they could thing of to try to get me to lose weight when I was in my teenage years. My Mom took me to Weight Watchers with her and she tried to help me do that. That didn’t take. My Dad offered me $5 a pound I lost. That should have gotten me to lose, but no dice. On and on they tried to no avail. When I finally decided I wanted to change is when I changed.
  • My cousin Charlie: When he was younger he was overweight. He was always active playing soccer, but his diet wasn’t the best and he stayed overweight. When he was in his early teens he made a choice to lose weight. He went to a nutritionist who helped him with his diet and he continued to stay active and he lost his weight and to this day some 10 years later he has kept it off.

As you can see my cousin and I took very different paths. No matter the incentives I was offered I was not ready to lose weight even though I truly did not want to be overweight. Charlie wanted to lose weight and did what it took. The one thing I can say is that you can’t really force someone to lose weight. Odds are that if someone is forced to lose weight their mindset isn’t changed and they are more likely to go back to what they knew before and gain the weight back. If they choose to change then odds are they will change their mindset and the change will stick.

When my friend Alison and I were doing our pardio we started chatting about this and what could be done. The most overwhelming thing we came up with was that parents can start stocking their pantries and refrigerators with healthier foods. For the first few teenage years these teenagers are more than likely eating two of their three main meals with their family. Instead of fast food why not cook at home. If parents are working, then how about you take some time to teach these kids how to cook? Cooking can be enjoyable and parents can teach their kids how to do it so that they don’t feel like they have to go for the bad food when their parents aren’t around.

These are my thoughts. What are yours? Throw a comment down below and let your voice be heard!

A-Train

5 thoughts on “Q & A #3

  1. I totally agree with u Alex, about it depending on the person. I also think that the parents are to blame when the children are not getting fed healthy foods. It all starts there. Opening kids’ eyes to healthy food instead of hot dogs, dino chicken nuggets, and ramen noodles. Start a kid with being open minded about food, they’re sure to continue exploring the wonderful world of fresh produce & fresh meat. :) . <3-bailie

  2. I agree, it has to be a decision within oneself to “change” but, to enable our children in positive ways we must make the changes on the home front. Since, the reality is we are the parents putting nutty buddies in our childrens’ hands and beginning the start of the addiction to unhealthy foods that once you throw “teen” into the mix the habit is deep set and unhealthy eating is almost a given and then, extremely hard to change. So, the best bet is to start while they’re young and make healthy habits stick with treats as just that….treats :) and that veggies are just part of dinner/Lunch etc….Just my opinion ;)

  3. I hear you, and I couldn’t agree more. In discussions about our future family, my husband and I have also discussed the “healthy” food label. We decided that we weren’t going to describe foods as healthy because healthy is synonymous with “yucky” in young people’s mind….well, most people’s minds. We decided that we will describe food mainly by celebrating the taste like crispy, cold cucumbers dipped in creamy, garlicky (yup, I said “garlicky” lol) hummus or half of a yummy banana dipped in chocolate and frozen to perfection. I think removing “healthy”, “nutritious”, and “good for you” from our vocabulary would do wonders. Maybe then the little ones would begin to taste food for what it is, not for what they think it will be. And while we are at it, we might as well rethink words like “substitute”. Do we really have to say that frozen, blended fruit can be an iced cream alternative? Nope. I don’t think so. I think it can be tasty in it’s own right. Those are just my thoughts thoughts though.

      • Awesome! Glad you got something out of that. I was a bit afraid that my comment would read like ramblings from a crazy lady, lol Anyhow, we are excited to see what difference it might make to take this unique approach. Thanks for posting about this topic. I love how you tackled it.