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.READ MORE: 5 People Shot Near Temple University, Philadelphia Police Say
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.READ MORE: Zack Wheeler K's 9 In 7 Shutout Innings, Phillies Top Padres 3-0
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.MORE NEWS: Republican Nomination For Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Race Uncertain As Thousands Of Mail-In Votes Still Being Counted
It makes sense but many of us don’t think about it.