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