Portion sizes for teens : Most teens are eating portion sizes similar to adults. MyPyramid has information about portion sizes and servings per day that are right for teens and adults. Also, check out our ideas for snack ideas.

Teens and Weight : You might be wondering "What's the right weight for my child?" or "How much should my teenager be eating?" These are common questions for parents to have. To help figure out if your child is at a healthy weight for his/her height, health care professionals calculate your child's Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a calculation that uses your child's height, weight, age and sex to find out how he or she is growing. BMI is one tool used by healthcare professionals to estimate the percent of a person's body fat. A high BMI can lead to conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, breathing problems, or joint problems.

How do I talk to my child about his or her weight without making him/her feel bad?

Be supportive: One of the most important things you can do to help a child struggling with his or her weight is to let them know that you love and support them as they are.

Focus on the family, not the overweight child: Do not set your overweight child apart from the rest of the family. Instead, focus on slowly changing your entire family's eating patterns and physical activity level. Family Meals

Talk to your child about healthy behaviors, not weight: Too much focus on weight can cause anxiety for your child. Instead, focus on healthy eating and physical activity.

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Physical Activity is just as important as nutrition in keeping your child healthy.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.