When teaching your teen or tween about how to have a healthy relationship with food, you’ll also want to look at what you say and do.

Some other things to teach your children:

  • Dieting can make you feel tired, moody, and distracted. Instead, when you eat healthy foods, you feel good.
  • People who diet when they’re young are more likely to have weight problems and eating disorders as they get older.
  • And, of course, if you don’t eat enough of the right foods, your body doesn’t get the nutrition it needs to give you energy for your day. Healthy food is fuel for your body.

If your child is overweight, it’s a great idea to enlist the help of their doctor. If they’re talking about dieting, it shows they may want to make changes to their health habits or the way they look or feel. Working with their doctor will make sure you do it in the healthiest way.

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