WEIGHT CONCERNS?

WEIGHT CONCERNS?

It takes a health care professional to determine if you’re in a healthy weight range for whatever stage of puberty you’re in.

If you have weight concerns, make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor. Ask to see a registered dietitian.

Your doctor needs to be involved in evaluating your growth and determining whether you should gain weight, maintain your weight, slow your weight gain, or lose weight while you’re going through puberty.

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HOW THE ENERGY INTAKE/ENERGY OUTPUT BALANCE RELATES TO WEIGHT

Over time, if you take in about the same amount of energy as you use up through growth, metabolism, and physical activity, your weight will remain in a healthy range.

Back in the day, humans could bank on going through some pretty harsh times, living off the land. At times, food was scarce.

People who were genetically programmed to use energy efficiently were able to survive on less food, stay healthier, live longer, reproduce moreand pass their survival gene (called the thrifty gene) on to their kids.

WE’RE DESIGNED TO KEEP ENERGY IN RESERVE

In the event of getting lost in the wilderness, marooned on a desert island, or having food sources dwindle.

This isn’t likely to happen at this place and time.

FOOD IS NOW EVERYWHERE

Plentiful, fast, convenient, tempting, super-stimulating, and always within your reach. Think about malls, highways, movie theaters, and amusement parks. You smell and see food everywhere, tempting you to eat even though you are not hungry.

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