One of my weight loss pals, Dave of The Big Fat Loser's Diet, talked about a study that had the surprising results that fat kids are unhappy. Like Dave, my first response is "Duh!". My second response is, as usual, this study has the cart before the horse.
Fat kids aren't unhappy because they're fat.
They're fat because they're unhappy. Eating is how they cope with it. When you deal with an overweight child/teen, you're dealing with so much more than developing a healthy lifestyle. You gotta find out what is the root of that symptom of weight. If you don't, your overweight child/teen is going to become an overweight adult. I know of what I speak.
Fat kids do not corner the market on ridicule either. I think everyone gets made fun of for something or the other. They're either too tall, too short, too thin, too fat, too rich, too poor, too ugly, too pretty. That's how kids relate to each other. (and some "adults" too).
I actually quit school because of a weight related issue. I was a 210lb freshman in high school in my first co-ed P.E. class, and we were required to wear shorts. If that wasn't bad enough, the coach was someone who used to coach football at my old junior high, and now he was demoted to a general PE class.
I was not able to do what the other average weight students could do, and the coach was unyeilding. If I couldn't run the entire mile and started walking half way through, he'd make the whole class run it over again. I went to school a total of 26 days between September and November (my 16th birthday). I tried to convince the coach to give me a break, but he thought I should "want" to be healthier and pushed me hard. I even told the associate principal. He didn't have any sympathy either. So I quit.
I went back and got my GED when I was 17 with no real remorse for missing the experience that is high school. At the rate I was going, my prom would have made Carrie's experience look totally pre-school.
It's not what our kids are eating. It's what's eating our kids. (thank you Dr. Phil) Figure that out and you'll have a healthier, happier child.
Calories: 1903 / 24% fat
Exercise: Walked 3 miles, ab toner, Pilates