It's not easy to lose weight. It seems even harder to talk about it. Even though it's everywhere on TV, even though there is a crisis in America, there is still a social stigma about weight. Now, imagine being an overweight teen today. It's even harder than before. Facebook & Twitter have made online bullying easier than before. More of our children are overweight than before. And despite the fact that there are more tools to help them than ever before, we still have a problem. How is is it best to discuss weight with your teenager?
This year, I'm keeping my New Year's resolutions simple. The ever popular "weight loss" resolution is not on my list. This year I want to actually be able to attain some of my goals. So, here it goes. I will drink more water every day. I will exercise more. I will spend more time in faith . Notice, I didn't include any deadlines or specific numbers. Yes, 8 glasses of water per day & 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week are recommended. And every religion has a set of rules and/or commandments. However, I have tried to follow recommendations & rules in the past. When I have failed, I've felt disheartened and very much a failure.
If you'd like to find some easy New Year's resolutions for your kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a great article, http://bit.ly/Vd2Ct6.