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Obesity: What can I do to feel better about myself?

I have a weight problem.

The teenage years are difficult because it is a time of great change. Your mind and body are going through changes. Additionally, there is a need to fit in with your peers. Being overweight can make this time of life even more difficult.

It is important to know that many youths considered overweight are confident and happy, while many young people of normal weight feel insecure. Instead of focusing on your weight, focus on who you are as a person. Your body is part of what makes you human.

I tried to lose weight but always gave up and went back to eating. Why is that?

It is common for teenagers to focus on their weight. Focusing on your weight can lead to feelings of guilt or disappointment. These emotions can cause you to eat more as a way to cope.

Instead of focusing on your weight, pay attention to the emotions that you are experiencing. For example, you may say to yourself, “I am feeling angry.” Understanding what you are feeling prevents your emotions from getting the better of you. Instead of using food to make yourself feel better, do other activity that you enjoy which is good for you physically, mentally, and emotionally.



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