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Weight Gain In Teens

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Are you someone who never seems to gain weight and find yourself teased by others for your childlike physique? Or maybe despite your best efforts you can no longer fit into your favourite pair of jeans? If this is you then read on……..

Am I normal?

What is normal…just look around you! It can be tempting to compare your body shape with friends or siblings and then start to feel unhappy about how you look. But we are all so very different and a healthy weight can vary from person to person, often depending on height, age, family genes and where they are in their journey through puberty.

How much weight can I expect to gain during puberty?

From the age of 10 – 14 it is not unusual for girls to gain up to 30lbs in weight. This sounds like a lot but remember that you will start to become taller and any increase in weight will be distributed around your body as you develop.

Why do I have rolls of fat around my tummy?

Some teens and pre-teens often see a change to their mid-section and for some this will be quite normal and followed by a giant increase in height. Remember too that many girls will notice a curvier look to their body as the hips widen and the tummy becomes rounder – rounder does not mean you are overweight.

Is being heavier a sign I am unfit?

No, not at all. Genetics can play a big part in how tall we are and what our overall shape will be. Therefore someone who is structurally larger than their slim friend but exercises more often could be fitter.

I don’t need to exercise I’m already thin!

Don’t assume that because you are naturally slim that you can sit on the sofa all day or watch others exercise while you sit a class out. Slim people who don’t exercise are just as likely to be unfit and experience poor health because of this.

Even though I am older than my friends I still look like a little girl?

Just like a period can arrive at different times for each of us, so can the arrival of puberty. So it’s very common for friends to differ in height, weight and shape as their journey through puberty will be unique for each of them.

Why if I am always hungry, am I losing weight?

During puberty the amount of calories your body needs increases, with many teenagers requiring up to 2,000 calories a day. So it is very common to feel hungrier and raid the fridge as soon as you get home from school, only to feel hungry half an hour later. So watch what you eat, and stock up on carbs and protein. Such as nuts, fruit, cereals and avoid sugary treats. Check out my blog entitled Eating Your Way To A Better You.

Finally, some girls worry so much about the way they look they are tempted to diet or do some very dangerous things to change it. But the truth is that food is important for our overall health, as is exercise. So don’t be tempted to try crash diets or read online stories related to losing or gaining weight.

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To Flo

Flo, I know many people who maybe a a bit bigger or are curvier than me, everyone’s always wanting what they don’t have aren’t they? If you feel like that maybe consider doing 2 runs a week and some core work, this is what I do alongside other sport and many of my friends have lost weight like this so worth a try! Also, don’t eat a lot less as this slows metabolism as well, but try to eat more whole meal and less pudding, as much as it pains me to say - food is my life!! Also by doing exercise u crave better food so it’s a positive cycle! No matter what, despite boys liking u it doesn’t matter but I know to u it might but by being confident in who u r and by putting a smile on ur face I’m sure you’ll find a special someone, everyone has bad days after all. Look after urself hun xx

Flopsie

Hi all, Sometimes I feel really unfit and chubby. I'm too afraid to weigh myself... I look so fat and many times in the past I have been teased because of this. No boy has ever liked me.. at least I don't think so. I would love to exercise more but I don't know how as only my mum ever takes me out and she works all day on weekdays. I'm always comparing myself to others and putting my self down. From Flo

Tag

I am 52kg and 13 and ik i am overweight so how do i shed it i am really fat and overweight i dont know what to do plz help because i find it so hard to stop easting and i am fasting but nothing seems to work!!

Hi

Dear Thalia You are lucky to have a non spotty face or never have greasy hair But I can bet that you you are NOT fat so just try and eat something and just try to be confident with how you look and how you feel in your body I am sorry if this is not the advice you wanted or needed Alice xx

LaLa

Thanks

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I can't stop putting waipeight I'm not sure if it's my period about come on

LS

Atleast I know it's normal! I'm fine with my size and I love the fact that I just don't really care.Although every 2 days(or just when I've got free time)I'll do a VERY SHORT workout.

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