Many parents struggle whether or not to talk to their teens about their weight. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently published guidelines stating that parents should not discuss weight with their overweight or obese children. Instead, parents should talk about living a healthy lifestyle, promote a positive body image, discourage dieting, and eat family meals together. Dieting can be a risk factor for eating disorders and obesity, so it is important to avoid starvation and dieting behaviors. The most important thing a parent can do is teach their child to eat healthy and stay active and that they will love them no matter what they look like.
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