Talking to your kids about their weight is not easy. In fact, according to a study featured in, many parents find that speaking to their children about maintaining a healthy weight can be as difficult as giving them the deal about the birds and the bees.

Working with 27 adolescents and their parents, the researchers from the University of Minnesota queried their participants about the kind of issues that parents with obese adolescents face, as well as the advice that they wish to give to other couples facing the same dilemma.

The results showed that parents have trouble communicating with their adolescents about matters regarding weight, especially since they couldn't control anything their kids eat once they step out of the house. The possible emotional and mental issues are also considerations that have to be dealt with. As such, the researchers recommend parents to create a healthy home environment, to be good examples to their children, and to continue encouraging them to be more physically fit and have a more positive outlook about themselves.

So if your adolescent seems to be putting on some extra pounds, get him to lose weight by encouraging him to dance or do sports. You can also invite him to jog or go to yoga sessions with you for more bonding time. Tell him that getting physical isn't just about getting tired and sweaty; it's about building confidence, staying healthy, and having fun.

(Screencap from Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules courtesy of 20th Century Fox )

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