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: Man Struck, Killed By Tractor-Trailer In North Philadelphia
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: Pfizer Says Its Vaccine Is 90.7% Effective Against Symptomatic COVID-19 In Children Ages 5 To 11
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: WATCH LIVE: Nick Sirianni To Speak With Media Before Traveling To Las Vegas For Eagles-Raiders Matchup
It makes sense but many of us don’t think about it.