Losing Weight

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Losing Weight

Dear GZ Advisor,
I'm a 14 year old girl who is 5' 9" and weighs 187 pounds. What can I do to lose weight without asking family, or doctors?
Signed -- fat you-know-what

Dear Friend,
First, stop thinking of yourself as fat. Start thinking of yourself as a young woman who's interested in taking charge of her health.

We can understand why you might feel uncomfortable asking for help or advice regarding weight loss. But doctors are professionals, and they will honor a request for confidentiality. A physician can help you determine if you need to lose weight and suggest a weight loss plan that's right for you.

A book that can help is The Right Moves: A Girl's Guide To Getting Fit And Feeling Good by Tina Schwager and Michele Schuerger. It's fun to read and has sound advice about eating right, fitness, body image and more.  Focusing on feeling good is a worthwhile goal.

Check out this article in Bodyopolis - Inside Out - Chewing the Fat.


Take Care--GZ Advisor

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Dear GZ Advisor,

I always ask a boy out and they always turn me down.I think it has something to do with my weight or my look.If theres a fast and easy way to do something please tell me.My friend says just be who you are and find somebody who likes you for who you are. I dont know what to do please help!

Alison

Hi Alison!

First off, I love your confidence! That's so cool you have no problem asking guys out. Believing in yourself is very attractive. So, good for you. I'm sorry you have been turned down; rejection is painful. On the bright side-You're lucky to have such a supportive and smart best friend! She's right..when the time is right you will meet someone who likes you for exactly who you are.

You said you would like to lose weight. I suggest talking with your Dr. about what is a healthy weight for your height and body type. I think EVERYONE should try to exercise and eat healthy. So, why not find a sport or activity you enjoy like soccer, dance or yoga and have fun while getting in shape! Maybe you and your best friend can make healthy meals together or encourage your parents to buy more fruits and veggies to snack on. The important thing is to make these changes for YOU and not just to get a boy to notice you. Best of luck...let me know how things go. :)

GZ Advisor

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Dear GZ Advisor,

I always ask a boy out and they always turn me down.I think it has something to do with my weight or my look. If there’s a fast and easy way to do something please tell me. My friend says just be who you are and find somebody who likes you for who you are. I don’t know what to do please help!  Alison

Hi Alison!

First off, I love your confidence! That's so cool you have no problem asking guys out. Believing in yourself is very attractive. So, good for you. I'm sorry you have been turned down; rejection is painful. On the bright side-You're lucky to have such a supportive and smart best friend! She's right - when the time is right you will meet someone who likes you for exactly who you are.

You said you would like to lose weight. I suggest talking with your Dr. about what is a healthy weight for your height and body type. I think EVERYONE should try to exercise and eat healthy. So, why not find a sport or activity you enjoy like soccer, dance or yoga and have fun while getting in shape! Maybe you and your best friend can make healthy meals together or encourage your parents to buy more fruits and veggies to snack on. The important thing is to make these changes for YOU and not just to get a boy to notice you. Best of luck...let me know how things go. :)

 GZ Advisor