How To Deal With Teenage Weight-Associated Bullying

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As adults, we know how difficult it can be to lose weight. But on top of that, a stream of verbal and emotional abuse that some children are exposed to and you will soon understand why your child is struggling so much with their weight. Teenage weight bullying is a big problem.

In a body-conscious society like ours, even a well-adjusted, slightly overweight teen can have serious self-esteem problems that bullies are only too happy to chase after.

Some of the teasing can also come from the home – from other siblings or even the parents themselves (who mistakenly believe that teasing their child motivates them to do something about their weight). This couldn't be further from the truth. There are many ways to tackle this, but there is no doubt that the first step is to openly support and love at home.

Even if your teen is engaged, losing weight can help tremendously. This does not mean giving in to the bullies, it will help your child make life a little easier and happier. After all, that's all most parents want for their children.

Avoidance exacerbates the problem

Your teen may want to skip school or even refuse to go to school entirely. Now parents have a bigger problem. The weight problem is compounded by feelings of annoyance and disapproval from peers, which can lead them to start “using” food as a coping mechanism or as a reward.

School avoidance often makes bullying worse as bullies find that their victim is upset. Research has shown that teens who become angry about their body weight are also likely to avoid physical activity, often because they feel prone to teasing in those situations. Often then, parents are faced with an overweight child who is not exercising and is hiding in their room with a screen and some junk food – all snowballs in a very stressful situation for everyone.

When it comes to motivation, we are experienced and trained to help young people lose weight. We don't see weight loss simply as "dieting". Rather, we believe that we have to come to this together with our customers the root cause of weight to successfully lose weight and keep it off.

As such, our approach has two prongs; First, we support the teenager with a healthier diet.

We do this by developing a bespoke plan that takes your schedule and tastes into account. The plan is based on eating a way that helps suppress appetite so that the teen will be able to lose weight without being excessively hungry.

Second, we tackle it Habits and behaviors through our mental weight report (which is carried out once a month on all customers). This helps track their habits and attitudes so we can highlight problem areas (e.g., eating too much sugar or not getting enough sleep) and then working together on goals to improve those aspects of weight.

Tips for Parents on Tackling Weight Bullying Among Teenagers

Most of our teenage clients feel safe and confident that their sessions with their weight loss advisor are 100% private. In this situation, teens often open up about the abuse they endure at school or at home for teasing about their weight. We can discuss this with them and help them develop strategies to deal with it using CBT techniques.

In addition to helping your child lose weight in a sensible way (which is about 1 to 2 pounds per week), it is critical that parents deal directly with the emotional aspects of bullying their child. If you don't talk about it, it won't go away. it just serves to make the teen feel more isolated. As you help your child emotionally, you will find that they will become happier and much easier for them to lose weight.

As the bullying subsides, your teen's self-esteem is likely to increase and you can monitor this from the mental weight reports he or she makes at our clinic.

Weight-Related Bullying Among Teenagers: Tips For Parents

Remind your child that nobody deserves to be teased. Regardless of whether it's weight, skin color, or any other reason, bullying is never okay.

Talk to your child about how they are feeling – examine gently and ask, "How is this making you feel?" Use active listening skills and let them do most of the speaking.

Discuss the incidents of jokes with your child's teacher and / or headmaster.

See the headmaster if the teacher is not taking action to stop the bullying. Almost all schools now have anti-bullying guidelines in place that they can follow (although sometimes weight-related bullying is unfortunately not on the radar). Your child may be embarrassed about you going to school, but you cannot afford to be mistreated any further.

Teach your child to be assertive and stand up for themselves verbally rather than violently. As much as you can, teach your child not to respond to the tease. When the bully sees your child reacting, the teasing may get worse. Tell your child to just walk away as if they hadn't heard or noticed anything.

Build your child's confidence by praising their strengths rather than pointing out shortcomings. This is especially true for overweight children.

Try to get your teen to spend more time with the friends he / she might have over the weekend. When he's in a group, he or she is less likely to be selected for teasing.

Computers and phones need to be monitored. Weight bullying of teenagers on social media is very hurtful and obviously incredibly public. Monitor your child's social media activity and take cyberbullying against your child seriously (always encourage your child to take a screenshot of what they saw).

Assure your child that they can trust you and that you will not take any action without first discussing this with them.

Spend time with your teen and may give them special attention, such as going to a movie or going to a restaurant with only you. Or start a new hobby like golf or something creative like painting together. As you become more connected to you, your teen will become more resilient and surefooted in dealing with bullying.

When all else fails, you may think that moving your child to another school is the right decision. Sometimes there is a bullying culture in a particular year group or even in a particular school that may not be as common in a different setting.

Next Steps

To find out more about Motivation Weight Management, book ours Initial assessment of young people. In this private assessment with one of our weight loss consultants, we will:

– Hear WHY your son / daughter is here and what they want to achieve with our program.

– Discuss their weight loss goals and what may be preventing them from achieving them.

– Check out their story and the other programs they may have tried.

– Explain how different we are and show you and your son / daughter the techniques and tools we have available to help them achieve the long-term results they want.

– Perform a total body composition analysis where we measure fat, water and muscle percentages, visceral fat percentages and metabolic age.

– Rate your measurements, calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI), check your heart rate and blood pressure.

– Examine their current daily eating habits and lifestyle and discuss where to make changes.

This consultation will help you determine what type of plan will best suit your son / daughter's needs based on their personal and unique requirements.

Please allow approximately 1 hour for the initial assessment. The initial assessment costs € 95 and can be booked here.


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