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Talking to teens about weight

Daughter with motherWeight can be a sensitive subject and you may be worried about talking to your teen about it but don’t be afraid to talk about it.

  • Share any thoughts and feelings about body image whenever they arise.
  • Take time to listen to and acknowledge your child’s feelings.
  • Explain that people come in all different shapes and sizes, and that you love your child no matter what.
  • Depending on your child’s age and development, you could even share your own experiences with weight and body image if appropriate.

Useful resources

  • Kent School Health offers one-to-one support based on your child’s unique needs. Visit our special educational needs or neurodivergence pages for more information on the support available for you and your child around healthy lifestyles and growth.
  • Healthier Families - To find ways to help you and your family eat better and move more.
  • The University of Bath has produced a guide to help parents and caregivers talk with their children about weight in a positive way. It gives tips and advice on what
    to say and do to help children be healthy and feel good about their bodies.
  • Small changes can make a big difference and One You Kent advisors can support you to make the changes that will work for you. So whether you want to quit smoking, lose weight or just generally feel better about life, One You Kent can help.