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Why children are so frustrated
strongdesire posted:
In my search to help my 13 year old daughter with her weight loss, I have come to find out that the food pyrmid you get at the doctor's office doesn't help. I have taken her to a dietician just to be told to eat only enough that will fit in the palm of your hand. My daughter is still hungry when the meal is done. What is really needed is a complete week's menu of kid friendly healthy food choices. The realization is that it is a job making sense out of trying to plan weight loss meal choices that the children will eat and feel satisfied when done. There is no Jenny Craig program for children. So the parents and children get frustrated and give up. They can not eat salid for lunch and supper everyday. Does anyone know of a resource for kid-friendly healthy menus that are geared for weight loss?
nursingbug responded:
What does your daughter like to eat? Really, healthy menus for her age are not going to be that different from an adult. I would get a cookbook that focuses on healthy eating, and go through it with her and see what she would like to try. you could get one from the library if cost is a concern. if you go to they can give you how many servings of each food group she can have, and I find that helpful. The most difficult part of losing weight can be finding what you like to eat that fits in a plan, and it does take a lot of research.
If you think it would be a good idea, I think weight watchers does allow minors if they have a doctors note. That would help her make her own choices, and help her make sense of it all.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to nursingbug's response:
Great information nursingbug! The reasons strongdesire listed are probably why most people get frustrated with "dieting" - adults and kids alike.

Here's a few links to WebMD resources that might spark some food ideas and take away frustration:

Printable Healthy Shopping Guide & List

WebMD Food & Cooking Community

Best of luck to you and your daughter- please continue to check in with us and share your experiences. I'd be interested to hear if Weight Watchers is an option for a 13 year old. There's a blog post about the new Weight Watchers Points Plus system that makes it sound more user friendly than ever...


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