By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It is very important how you approach an overweight teen when you are trying to help them with their weight issues.

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First, you should talk about “healthy eating”, not weight loss. The reason why this is the case is because just focusing on weight loss can increase the risk of eating disorders.

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The study from the University of Minnesota looked at over 3500 teens and found when moms talked about healthful eating, there was a significantly lower prevalence of dieting and unhealthy weight control behaviors. Similar results were seen with dads talking to their daughters.

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It makes sense but many of us don’t think about it.