Can someone force you to go on a diet?

Weight is such a personal issue. Some girls don't even like to get on the scale. We feel too fat, too thin, or we feel fine until someone else says something about our shape or size. Today's question comes from someone who chose the screen name ?. Let's see if we can help!

Dear PLS,
I really need help! Please!

I'm overweight, but not obese. My mom keeps talking about going on a diet and how I'm supposed to go on it with her. I have already said no but she is not taking no for an answer. I just don't understand how she expects me not to be mad. I thought that kids (unless they are extremely obese) are supposed to be worrying about diets!!! Is this even allowed? Is she allowed to force me into it? I really need some help I'm so upset! Neither her or my dad were overweight at kids (they are both overweight now) and they totally don't get it! What do I do?
?

The good news is that there are a few approaches ? can take:

1)Write her mom a note that explains her feelings.
2)Suggest they talk to the doctor about what is best. Often, kids don't need "diets" exactly.
3)Start some healthy habits, such as cutting out sugary drinks like lemonade, sweet tea, sports drinks, and soda. Also, keep track of how much you exercise, aiming for one hour a day.

Any other advice? Let's hear it!

Think pink!
Jemma



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Anonymous ccmay said...

@ ?
Well....phewph. this is a tough one
1) your mum probably just wants you to be healthy. she cant force you, but if she starts buying only dietary foods, you will probably have to go alone with it.
2)Youre right,I dont really think that most kids should have to worry to much about their weight. If youre comfortrable in your own skin, tell your mum. say youre cool with the way you look.
3) talk about options rather than dieting. is there sports that you might like to try?
4) explain to your mum how you feel. she will probably understand.
5) i went on a diet before, and after i felt really good. it wasnt weight related, but i wasnt allowed ANY sugar for an entire month! it wastn so bad, once you get used to it. sometimes it isnt about losing weight, just about eating healthier and feeling good. if you stilll end up on the diet, it will be fine!

dont worry, be happy! think pink!

October 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if you think you might be underweight? How do I know? I need help!

October 9, 2012 at 10:53 PM  
Anonymous pinkalicious said...

Your mom is just trying to do what is best for you! It's good to stay healthy, but your mom can't force you to do things. Maybe it would be better if you worked out a way you could do things a little different than usual, like have an hour of exercise a day or something. Hope it works out well!

October 9, 2012 at 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you could (it was said already) cut down on sweets and do more exercise. Don't be ashamed, I do this also.

October 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, what do you do if you're underweight cause i'm really skinny and I have a hard time finding jeans that fit me.

-help

October 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

However you feel, you have the right to feel that way. YOU are living in your body, not your parents. Not to be mean to your parents, but you really need to tell them that a diet is NOT the thing for you. Just do what makes you feel the most comfortable.
Think pink!

October 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Piggy Girl said...

I'm always confused about weight too. I am 5' 7" and Usuall weigh somewhere between 105 and 110 pounds. However, I ALWAYS feel subconcious about my weight. I have food BMI charts on the internet and found, many times, that I am a healthy weight. But still, no matter how much I tell myself that I am a fine weight, I always feel like I am too fat. My mom tells me that I should try to gain some weight, but that just stresses me out more. Since I feel fat, gaining weight isn't going to help me at all. And it just makes everything worse that there is this girl in my PE class who is ALWAYS talking about losing weight and how she wants to be no more than 95 pounds. All this is confusing me, and I know I'm not fat, but I still feel like the best thing to do is to try to lose weight. Still I am careful and eat when I am hungry (no crazy dieting) but i really am confused and don't know what to do.

October 10, 2012 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I too skinny? I also have troubles with jeans. Even skinny ones are baggy. I keep losing weight for no reason too.

October 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous sandra said...

find a way to excersize and make it something you like. I play jumprope to excersize.Or maybe you can join a sport you like. whatever you choose just have confidence. You probably don't even need to diet.

October 10, 2012 at 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm too skinny i always have to wear super skinny and the jeans never ever fit me at the waist and i'm too tall, abnormally tall

-please give help to me

October 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Your mom probably doesn't understand that her comments make you feel this way! So, like Jemma said, write a note, or talk to her!

October 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

@Anonymous on October 12,
Lots of girls would give ANYTHING to have your shape! I'm short and I look like a box. So, do you know how to sew? Or does your mom? You can always hem your jeans :) or try looking in the junior section.
Hope I helped!
Lucy

October 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with @Vanessa . tell them how you feel.you should also talk to your doctor.
im too thin and i want to gain weight!

October 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Hey dont worry so much about your weight and shape, as long as you eat healthy food ( and amounts) and do at least half an hour of excersise a day you should be fine. Have fun just being you! Hey, while we are teens our weight is going to be randomly changing, it is normal, however if you have serious concerns, you might want to visit a doctor to reassure you that you arent diabetic obese or anorexic. Smile and have confidence in yourself, wear clothes that make you feel comfortable in and remember everyone is built differently, so just because you are a certain age doesnt mean you are the exact average shape and size for it.

October 17, 2012 at 6:40 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Dont forget to smile and be confident in your own skin

October 17, 2012 at 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Piggy Girl said...

Thanks so much, Hugs and Smiles! I think your comment will be useful for everyone!

October 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous watermelonpuppy said...

I know how you feel. My doctor said that its ok to have a little gut, because you 'll "even out " when you have your growth spurt.

October 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM  
Anonymous  said...

Everyone post their age and height!
11, 5'1

October 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Unicornia(age8) said...

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October 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Thanks Piggy Girl =)Unicornia you should be a poet! Or a cheerleader! and to peace sign (how did you do that?) im 14 and 167cm tall or 5 foot 5 and 3/4s (according to google) Watermelonpuppy, i love your name. Smile people:-)

October 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, so on a blog a long time ago I said that I wanted to gain some weight and someone asked if it was because I want bigger boobs.... No that's not why that's just gross. But does anyone know some tips or tricks to gaining weight!?

October 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 5' 0" and 90 pounds. Is that underweight?

October 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second that!

October 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Eat more (healthy food obviously), or do a lot of excersise to gain muscle weight, or just weight, when you go through puberty you supposedly gain weight. Smiles!

October 21, 2012 at 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually , the majority of my weight is already muscle and I eat A TON. I've been going through puberty since third grade or earlier and I don't naturally gain very much weight at a time. I have a high metabolism.

October 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

14 yrs and 4ft 11inches im really short and am overweight what id o to motivate myslef is maybe pick out a dress and aim to feel comfortable within my own body and skin no matter what. Also hugsandkisses your comment was awesome it really touched mexx

October 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12, 5'1/2

October 30, 2012 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Anonymous, on the 21st, i know the advice i gave doesnt work for everyone (it doesnt work for me either), but it does make it more likely that youre the right weight for your build. Piggy Girl and Anonymous on the 27 your welcome, thanks! -a smile is the most beautiful thing you can wear-

November 2, 2012 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous DoubleHeart said...

Jemma said it all...(agree with Jemma)

November 11, 2012 at 4:02 AM  
Anonymous zezezozo said...

How much should you weigh to be healthy?

November 15, 2012 at 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Hallie said...

@?
The best thing to do is go to the doctor and see if he/she says you are a healthy weight or not.
Hope it works!

December 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Hallie said...

I'm underweight! I'm 12 and I am 30 pounds too skinny for my age! Even SUPER SKINNY skinny jeans are too baggy! How do I gain weight?

December 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM  

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