How to talk about weight with your daughter

By: Women's Care Florida Staff

As mothers, we want our children to be healthy and happy. We do our best to teach them wrong from right and intervene only when necessary (at least we try?). Some situations are trickier  to navigate than others — especially if you have a daughter. When it comes to talking to them about their body weight or proper nutrition, there are a few steps you can take to make the talk go a bit smoother. But to get your message across, you should try to set an example for your daughter and provide her with the education she needs to live a healthier life.

At Women’s Care Florida, we have programs and services to help with nutrition and weight loss. Use our resources to help facilitate a talk with your daughter about weight. Or schedule an appointment with Women’s Care Florida to learn more about comprehensive women’s health services that can help your teen maintain her health.

Here are some tips on how to talk about weight with your daughter without making her feel self-conscious about her physical appearance and overall well-being:

Set a good example

Before jumping into any big talks with your daughter about weight, take steps on your own to set a good example. Buy more fresh fruits and vegetables, and stop buying processed foods that lack nutrition. Cook more meals at home, and limit the number of times you dine out. Also, start exercising regularly and invite your daughter along. These are all good steps you can take to help influence your daughter and family to live healthier.

Focus on her overall health

Instead of focusing on your daughter’s size when discussing weight management, focus on healthy living as a whole. For instance, talk about how exercise, sleep, and nutrition can lead to better overall health and naturally help drive weight loss. Instead of fixating on the short-term, teaching her how to live a healthier lifestyle can help her make smarter choices in the long-run.

Talk in a comfortable, private setting

Talking about weight and body image can be highly emotional for your daughter. Avoid bringing up the topic of weight loss in front of other people, including other family members. Also, avoid bringing up the topic when she’s eating, which could make her feel self-conscious or negative about her eating habits. The more comfortable your daughter feels with you, the more likely she’ll be to open up and share thoughts and concerns about her weight.

Make an appointment with your OB-GYN

Sometimes, teens are more willing to listen to doctors than their parents when it comes to matters of health. If you feel that your daughter isn’t receptive to your feedback and education on weight management, or if your daughter is facing problems losing weight, make an appointment with your OB-GYN. Your doctor can have a heart-to-heart with your daughter about the role of weight management in women’s health, and work with her on becoming healthier.

Schedule an appointment with Women’s Care Florida to learn more about comprehensive women’s health services that can help your teen maintain her health.