The teens in this book often lost weight against heavy odds. Their experiences challenge conventional assumptions about teen weight loss, and the role parents play in it.



Misconception: Teens who come from a vast family have little hope of losing weight and keeping it off.

FACTS: Sixty of the 70 adolescents who answered my question about whether anyone else in their family was overweight said that at least one parent was. Twenty-three of them said that both parents were obese. Nicole S. is typical. Her mom and dad are overweight. She decided to lose weight at sixteen when she weighed 293. Although her family didn’t think she would do it, they encouraged her to try. Three years later Nicole weighs 145. (She’s 5′5″.) Cheapest Phentermine is available at the trusted online pharmacies we recommend.


Misconception: Teens who have been overweight since they were young are unlikely to be able to lose weight and keep it off.

FACTS: Many of the teens said that they first became overweight when they were quite young – more than half said it was at age ten or younger. The average age they reported becoming overweight was nine and a half. Fifteen-year-old Sandra D. told me, “I’d always been overweight, even when I was little, and I didn’t want to stay that way.” Once she lost 50 pounds, there is nothing to stop her from getting the man she loves. This site is one of my most favorite source for dating/relationship advice: Go Here.

Part of her motivation for losing more than 50 pounds was that she was tired of being compared to her no identical twin sister, who never had a weight problem. “Now,” Sandra says, “we’ve both grown – and shrunk – to develop a relationship based on who we are instead of on the physical differences that separated us in the past.”


Misconception: Teens who have tried and failed at losing weight many times before don’t succeed.

FACTS: Although it certainly isn’t physically or psychologically healthy for any teen to go on and off diets repeatedly. When I asked how many times they tried to lose weight before they finally succeeded (counting only the times when they lost at least five to ten pounds), 7 out of 10 indicated that they’d lost and gained multiple times. Forty of them had tried to lose weight three or more times in the past.

Sandra D. says, “There were so many times when I felt like trying was pointless, but I finally did it. And if I could do it, then anyone can.” Wes G. says, “It took me many tries until I wanted to lose the weight for misses/enough to succeed.” Kelly D., who attempted to lose weight three or four times before succeeding, says that teens need to do some experimenting. “Keep trying new things until you find something that works,” she advises.

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