Overweight?

2011/06/09 in Health

Let’s talk about some of the causes of being overweight, and what you can do about it.

 

Your parents may have tried to make you feel better about your weight by saying that it’s just baby fat or that being overweight runs in your family and you’ve inherited it. They may tell you that you’ll grow out of it, or learn to live with it, or some other thing that probably doesn’t make you feel any better at all.

If your parents are overweight, it is more likely that you may be overweight, too. But that is not the most common cause of being overweight. Usually, if you’re overweight it’s because your body uses up fewer calories than you feed it. Those calories that it doesn’t use turn into fat that is stored in the body.

When it comes to calories, how much food you eat is not as important as the kinds of food you eat. If you’re eating foods high in calories, you don’t have to eat much in order to take in a lot of calories. Foods like butter, gravy, rich salad dressings, milk shakes and ice cream, pies, cakes and pastries are very high in calories. So are bacon and other pork dishes, french fries, hamburgers, pizza, and casseroles like macaroni and cheese or chili with noodles.

You may also be snacking between meals. A coke here and a candy bar there may not seem like much. But soft drinks, candy, corn curls or corn chips, popcorn with butter or caramel and potato chips are loaded with calories. If you are eating high calorie foods, what are you doing to use up those calories so that they don’t turn into fat? In gym class, are you out there running, playing, jumping and swimming the full period, or do you try to sit out of as many activities as possible? What are your after school and weekend activities? Do you take part in sports, or do you spend much of your time watching TV and snacking, listening to records, daydreaming and reading? Do you spend a lot of time sleeping?

You may now be starting to get some answers as to why you may be overweight. The next question is, how much are you willing to change your eating habits and your life style in order to lose weight? That might depend on how unhappy you are with the way you look. Being overweight is not necessarily bad. What is bad is if it makes you feel unhappy with yourself and the way others treat you. It may not be right, but our society stresses that the ideal female figure is slim and well proportioned, and the ideal male has broad shoulders and chest and a slim waist and hips. The further away you are from this ideal, the more “out of it” you’re made to feel. People may joke about the way you look, which hurts. If the way you look keeps you from getting or asking for dates, or going out for sports, you may be starting to feel lonely and rejected. If being overweight causes you personal and social problems, you may also lose interest in school.

If any of this sounds like your life, you probably don’t feel any better when you’re told it’s baby fat, or that being overweight runs in the family. You probably want to do something now about your weight. We suggest that you see your family doctor or your school nurse and have him or her design a diet and physical activities plan just for you. Seeing a medical professional is very important. There may be a medical reason that you’re overweight. If so, a physical exam will help find the cause. Also, most of us don’t know that much about our body’s nutritional needs. We could really mess ourselves up trying to create our own diets. Only someone trained in nutrition can give you a diet that will help you lose weight and keep you healthy at the same time.

The doctor or nurse can also give you advice on how to change the amount and style of your physical activities so you’ll use up those extra calories that are now turning into fat. He might tell you to eat less, to walk to school rather than take the bus, to take a long and fast walk rather than plop yourself down in front of the TV set, to stand rather than sit, whenever you can, and so on.

You’ve also got to try not to get discouraged. Losing weight on a well balanced diet that’s low in calories is going to be a fairly slow process. You just didn’t wake up overweight one morning. Neither will you wake up skinny two days after starting a diet. If you can, keep telling yourself that the longer it takes you to lose your extra weight. The longer it’s going to stay off. That’s because when you diet slowly and sensibly you lose weight and learn new eating habits. When you get down to the weight you want to be, the new eating habits you’ve become used to will keep you at that weight.

If you are feeling down and want someone to talk to please call us at 2-1-1 or the Teen Hotline at 954-567-8336 (TEEN).

 

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Overweight?

 


 

 

 

Lets talk about some of the causes of being overweight, and what you can do about it. Your parents may have tried to make you feel better about your weight by saying that it’s just baby fat or that being overweight runs in your family and you’ve inherited it. They may tell you that you’ll grow out of it, or learn to live with it, or some other thing that probably doesn’t make you feel any better at all. If your parents are overweight, it is more likely that you may be overweight, too. But that is not the most common cause of being overweight. Usually, if you’re overweight it’s because your body uses up fewer calories than you feed it. Those calories that it doesn’t use turn into fat that is stored in the body.

When it comes to calories, how much food you eat is not as important as the kinds of food you eat. If you’re eating foods high in calories, you don’t have to eat much in order to take in a lot of calories. Foods like butter, gravy, rich salad dressings, milk shakes and ice cream, pies, cakes and pastries are very high in calories. So are bacon and other pork dishes, french fries, hamburgers, pizza, and casseroles like macaroni and cheese or chili with noodles.

You may also be snacking between meals. A coke here and a candy bar there may not seem like much. But soft drinks, candy, corn curls or corn chips, popcorn with butter or caramel and potato chips are loaded with calories If you are eating high calorie foods, what are you doing to use up those calories so that they don’t turn into fat? In gym class, are you out there running, playing, jumping and swimming the full period, or do you try to sit out of as many activities as possible? What are your after school and weekend activities? Do you take part in sports, or do you spend much of your time watching TV and snacking, listening to records, daydreaming and reading? Do you spend a lot of time sleeping?

You may now be starting to get some answers as to why you may be overweight. The next question is, how much are you willing to change your eating habits and your life style in order to lose weight? That might depend on how unhappy you are with the way you look. Being overweight is not necessarily bad. What is bad is if it makes you feel unhappy with yourself and the way others treat you. It may not be right, but our society stresses that the ideal female figure is slim and well proportioned, and the ideal male has broad shoulders and chest and a slim waist and hips. The further away you are from this ideal, the more “out of it” you’re made to feel. People may joke about the way you look, which hurts. If the way you look keeps you from getting or asking for dates, or going out for sports, you may be starting to feel lonely and rejected. If being overweight causes you personal and social problems, you may also lose interest in school.

If any of this sounds like your life, you probably don’t feel any better when you’re told it’s baby fat, or that being overweight runs in the family. You probably want to do something now about your weight. We suggest that you see your family doctor or your school nurse and have him or her design a diet and physical activities plan just for you. Seeing a medical professional is very important. There may be a medical reason that you’re overweight. If so, a physical exam will help find the cause. Also, most of us don’t know that much about our body’s nutritional needs. We could really mess ourselves up trying to create our own diets. Only someone trained in nutrition can give you a diet that will help you lose weight and keep you healthy at the same time.

The doctor or nurse can also give you advice on how to change the amount and style of your physical activities so you’ll use up those extra calories that are now turning into fat. He might tell you to eat less sleep, to walk to school rather than take the bus, to take along and fast walk rather than plop yourself down in front of the TV set, to stand rather than sit, whenever you can, and so on.

Overweight?

 

Let’s talk about some of the causes of being overweight, and what you can do about it. Your parents may have tried to make you feel better about your weight by saying that it’s just baby fat or that being overweight runs in your family and you’ve inherited it. They may tell you that you’ll grow out of it, or learn to live with it, or some other thing that probably doesn’t make you feel any better at all.

 

If your parents are overweight, it is more likely that you may be overweight, too. But that is not the most common cause of being overweight. Usually, if you’re overweight it’s because your body uses up fewer calories than you feed it. Those calories that it doesn’t use turn into fat that is stored in the body.

When it comes to calories, how much food you eat is not as important as the kinds of food you eat. If you’re eating foods high in calories, you don’t have to eat much in order to take in a lot of calories. Foods like butter, gravy, rich salad dressings, milk shakes and ice cream, pies, cakes and pastries are very high in calories. So are bacon and other pork dishes, french fries, hamburgers, pizza, and casseroles like macaroni and cheese or chili with noodles.

 

You may also be snacking between meals. A coke here and a candy bar there may not seem like much. But soft drinks, candy, corn curls or corn chips, popcorn with butter or caramel and potato chips are loaded with calories If you are eating high calorie foods, what are you doing to use up those calories so that they don’t turn into fat? In gym class, are you out there running, playing, jumping and swimming the full period, or do you try to sit out of as many activities as possible? What are your after school and weekend activities? Do you take part in sports, or do you spend much of your time watching TV and snacking, listening to records, daydreaming and reading? Do you spend a lot of time sleeping?

 

You may now be starting to get some answers as to why you may be overweight. The next question is, how much are you willing to change your eating habits and your life style in order to lose weight? That might depend on how unhappy you are with the way you look. Being overweight is not necessarily bad. What is bad is if it makes you feel unhappy with yourself and the way others treat you. It may not be right, but our society stresses that the ideal female figure is slim and well proportioned, and the ideal male has broad shoulders and chest and a slim waist and hips. The further away you are from this ideal, the more “out of it” you’re made to feel. People may joke about the way you look, which hurts. If the way you look keeps you from getting or asking for dates, or going out for sports, you may be starting to feel lonely and rejected. If being overweight causes you personal and social problems, you may also lose interest in school.

 

If any of this sounds like your life, you probably don’t feel any better when you’re told it’s baby fat, or that being overweight runs in the family. You probably want to do something now about your weight. We suggest that you see your family doctor or your school nurse and have him or her design a diet and physical activities plan just for you. Seeing a medical professional is very important. There may be a medical reason that you’re overweight. If so, a physical exam will help find the cause. Also, most of us don’t know that much about our body’s nutritional needs. We could really mess ourselves up trying to create our own diets. Only someone trained in nutrition can give you a diet that will help you lose weight and keep you healthy at the same time.

 

The doctor or nurse can also give you advice on how to change the amount and style of your physical activities so you’ll use up those extra calories that are now turning into fat. He might tell you to eat less sleep, to walk to school rather than take the bus, to take along and fast walk rather than plop yourself down in front of the TV set, to stand rather than sit, whenever you can, and so on.

You’ve also got to try not to get discouraged. Losing weight on a well balanced diet that’s low in calories is going to be a fairly slow process. You just didn’t wake up overweight one morning. Neither will you wake up skinny two days after starting a diet. If you can, keep telling yourself that the longer it takes you to lose your extra weight. The longer it’s going to stay off. That’s because when you diet slowly and sensibly you lose weight and learn new eating habits. When you get down to the weight you want to be, the new eating habits you’ve become used to will keep you at that weight.

 

If you are feeling down and want someone to talk to please call us at 2-1-1 at 954-567-8336 (TEEN).

You’ve also got to try not to get discouraged losing weight on a well balanced diet that’s low in calories is going to be a fairly slow process. You just didn’t wake up overweight one morning. Neither will you wake up skinny two days after starting a diet. If you can, keep telling yourself that the longer it takes you to lose your extra weight. the longer it’s going to stay off. That’s because when you diet slowly and sensibly you lose weight and learn new eating habits. When you get down to the weight you want to be, the new eating habits you’ve become used to will keep you at that weight.

If you are feeling down and want someone to talk to please call us at 2-1-1 at 954-567-8336 (TEEN)