Your Questions About Teenage Weight Loss For Girls

by Maricela on April 17, 2013

Carol asks…

A good weight loss program for teenage girls?

I keep looking for a good weight loss program for teenage girls, like myself, but they all cost money. Could someone help me find a good free weight loss program? Thanks!! 🙂

Maricela answers:

Stick to mainly jogging like in the morning and evening.
Try to eat (light food) twice a day or don’t eat till like after 12 noon or more everyday (as you see fit).
Do stuff that would really stress your mind…say like solving complex math or play strategy games.

William asks…

What is the difference between an Anorexic individual and the average Western woman?

I’ve struggled with Anorexia Nervosa for several years, and during this time, I’ve been struck by just how common eating disordered thoughts and behaviours are in our society. It seems that everywhere you turn, you see young girls picking at salads whilst complaining of how ‘fat’ they are, and boasting to their friends about how little they eat. You see life-long yoyo dieters, and exercise addicts, and ‘health-freaks’ who are so convinced of the evils of sugar that they believe that so much as touching a granule of the stuff will make it instantly transfer to their thighs. We are, undoubtedly, obsessed with weight loss. Which makes me wonder – just what exactly is the difference between me and the typical insecure teenage girl? Is it genetics? Is it simply some glitch in my brain that renders me capable of “successfully” denying myself food, while everyone else fails? Or is it simply insanity? It’s always stopped me from taking my diagnosis seriously; a part of me doesn’t feel that I’m ‘sick’, or worthy of any special attention, because everyone is starving themselves.

Maricela answers:

The difference Shannon, is that like me, you have an incurable, chronic, progressive, fatal disease with a predictable set of symptoms and a predictable course of action and a predictable outcome which is death.

Anorexia nervosa is one of those rare diseases that tells you that you don’t have it, it is the phenomenon of denial. Not only humans, but abused dogs and caged wild animals such as primates and exotic birds have also died with anorexia nervosa.

A large-scale longitucinal study in Sweden confirms that 23% of people with long-standing eating disorders are on the autism spectrum. Another study by the Maudsley Hospital in the UK finds that autistic traits are common in people with anorexia nervosa expecially poor executive function, autism quotient score, central coherence, theory of mind, cognitive-behaviroal flexibility, emotion regulation and understanding facial expression.

Zucker (2007) proposed that conditions on the autism spectrum make up the cognitive endophenotype underlying anorexia nervosa. Cognitive behavioral therapy reduced perfectionism and rigidity in 17 out of 19 participants which based its treatment protocol on the relationship between anorexia nervosa and an underlying autistic like condition.

In addition, anorexia nervosa cases are 56-84% inherited.

The principle difference between a typical insecure teenager that is fad-dieting and a person with anorexia nervosa is that the teen retains a choice over what, when and where to eat, while those with anorexia nervosa do not; and the teen will outgrow her need to diet in favor of good health and nutrition, while an anorexic will not.

Paul asks…

What is the difference between an Anorexic individual and the average Western woman?

I’ve struggled with Anorexia Nervosa for several years, and during this time, I’ve been struck by just how common eating disordered thoughts and behaviours are in our society. It seems that everywhere you turn, you see young girls picking at salads whilst complaining of how ‘fat’ they are, and boasting to their friends about how little they eat. You see life-long yoyo dieters, and exercise addicts, and ‘health-freaks’ who are so convinced of the evils of sugar that they believe that so much as touching a granule of the stuff will make it instantly transfer to their thighs. We are, undoubtedly, obsessed with weight loss. Which makes me wonder – just what exactly is the difference between me and the typical insecure teenage girl? Is it genetics? Is it simply some glitch in my brain that renders me capable of “successfully” denying myself food, while everyone else fails? Or is it simply insanity? It’s always stopped me from taking my diagnosis seriously; a part of me doesn’t feel that I’m ‘sick’, or worthy of any special attention, because everyone is starving themselves.

Maricela answers:

Of course they’re common. Have you seen the media? When was the last time you saw a healthy lovely woman who isn’t skinny but it successful, on billboards, advertising, acting, famous for something? They’re out there…there are PLENTY out there. But the ones that get the most press are the artificial ones, the extremely skinny ones. It’s inferred that if you don’t look like this, you won’t get work, you won’t get anywhere. It’s a lie and the majority of us know it but when you are depressed, you don’t like your looks, you have low to no self esteem…you’ll buy into all this.

The difference is…you make a choice to not eat consistently, over-exercise, and whatever else you did. You kept doing it until you were so weak that you couldn’t do anything at all. I don’t know how bad it got for you…if you got to the point of being skeletal, needing a feeding tube because you refused or were unable to eat, etc. At some point, it got bad enough for you to go to a doctor and get help and treatment. You have a disease…a disorder.

Self esteem comes and goes. Most kids go through phases where they want to look like everyone else…the skinnier the better and whatever else. But they don’t go so far as to binge and purge or starve themselves. They might try or only do it in front of others but it never gets to the point where they can’t stop. Anorexia and bulimia and all the other eating disorders get to the point where the person can’t stop what they are doing.

Talk to your doctor and support about this.

No, it’s not insanity.

No, not everyone is starving themselves. The way you see things…the fact you believe that everyone else is doing what you’re doing, is part of the eating disorder.

Chris asks…

What are the risks of taking the weight loss pill Alli. For someone like me?

I am a teenage girl who’s 5 foot 4 and 127 pounds.

Maricela answers:

ALLI is one of the worst drugs the drug industry has come up with to date and that is saying a lot because there are many drugs that are very BAD SCIENCE. To limit your fat intake is not only a stupid way of losing weight, but will damage your body. Look for a major lawsuit against the company making this junk due to GALLBLADDER surgeries and gallbladder problems in general. Reducing fats is one reason the gallbladder become insufficient and gallstones are formed.

The pill is indiscriminate. Good fats, bad fats are all affected. Anyone that studies nutrition should know that FAT is where we should all get most of our calories, not from carbs and sugars.

As a teenager, you need to learn about weight management and you also need to know that drug companies are NOT our friends. Their primary focus is PROFIT, not health. Have you ever known anyone that was deficient in a drug? Drug companies are becoming more and more powerful as a result of BIG money being funneled into them by all kinds of places. They use this money to gain lots of power by funding politicians that make our laws.

Have you ever been asked to DONATE money to cancer research for instance. Where do you think that money goes? When you get a prescription filled at the pharmacy, where do you think the bulk of the money goes; to the pharmacists? Think again. Most of the prescriptions filled by pharmacies net about $1 to the pharmacy and the rest goes to BIG PHARMA. When Mr. Bush agreed to give South Africa 15 billion dollars for aids, where do you think that money ended up? It paid for drugs of American companies.

Alli is a very stupid drug that is and will continue to damage many people. The FDA is not our friend in this. The former head of the CDC, Dr. Julia Gerberding, has just accepted a job as the president of Merck’s lucrative vaccine division (the same job Maurice Hilleman had). So the very person who has been telling us for years that Merck’s HPV vaccines are perfectly safe is now promoting them commercially and getting paid big bucks to do it.

The pharmaceutical industry has a giant “revolving door” through which corporations and government agencies frequently exchange key employees. That reality was driven home in a huge way when news broke that Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed the CDC from 2002 through 2009, landed a top job with Merck, one of the largest drug companies in the world. Her job there? She’s the new president of the vaccine division.

How convenient. That means the former head of the CDC was very likely cultivating a relationship with Merck all these years, and now comes the big payoff: Heading up a $5 billion division that sells cervical cancer vaccines (like Gardasil), chickenpox vaccines and of course H1N1 swine flu vaccines, too.

Merck was found guilty of lying to the FDA about it’s drug safety for VIOXX. 160,000 people died from taking that drug and Merck was fined and that was the end of the story. No one was prosecuted even when the documents clearly showed that Merck knew over 30% of the people that would take that drug would get serious side effects, including death.

You cannot trust drug companies. If you don’t believe this, just watch this video of the company that makes lots of aspirin and other drugs for many Americans:

Look what the most well respected man that developed more vaccines than anyone in the world said about vaccine technology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edikv0zbAlU

Look what the FDA recently approved to be given to small children:

Rotavirus vaccines are commonly given to children, and this year’s batch of vaccines made by GlaxoSmithKline and Merck are contaminated with a pig virus, the FDA recently discovered. So the FDA called a meeting to determine whether injecting a pig virus into the bodies of young children might be some sort of problem requiring a recall of the vaccines. Can you guess what conclusion the agency reached? As reported by Reuters, the FDA concluded “…it was safe for doctors to resume giving patients Glaxo’s Rotarix and continue using Merck’s Rotateq. The agency said there was no evidence the contamination caused any harm…”

In other words, as long as they can bury the evidence and deny any link between vaccines and health problems — which has been the standard excuse of the FDA for decades — they can continue to claim the vaccines are safe enough to inject into little children. Never mind the fact that the pig virus found in the vaccines actually causes a wasting disease in baby pigs, giving them intense diarrhea and causing them to rapidly lose weight. DNA from these viruses was detected in the “master cells” used to make the vaccines.

Instead of looking for some magic pill to solve the world’s problems that is obviously NOT working, learning what to eat and living a good clean lifestyle will do more for you and weight management than some drug.

And you want to trust these same people that are telling you that it’s a good thing to take ALLI for weight loss? YIKES!

Good luck to you

Donald asks…

How much weight would you expect a teenage girl with hypothyroidism to lose over the period of a week?

I have hypothyroidism. That’s basically when your thyroid glad which is located in your neck slows your metabolism down. So it’s really hard for me to lose weight. I’m willing to work hard to get the body I want. As of now I weigh 135 pounds and I’m a young teen. Do you think by late March (2 months) I’ll be able to lose 4-5 pounds? I’m aware that weight loss takes a while and it’s even harder for people with hypothyroidism but I’m going to stick to a strict exercise routine.

If it matters by the way I’d like to be down to 120 or by May/June.

I’ve checked my BMI on many calculators and they all say I’m normal. But I want to get rid of the flab 🙂

No negative comments please. I just want to know if I can lose weight with my hypothyroidism. By the way, I take Synthyroid for that.

Thank you so much 🙂
Please ignore the ‘Over a period of one week’ part. It’s nearly midnight so I’m pretty tired. Read the description though!! 🙂

Maricela answers:

You could definitely lose 4-5lbs by that time, but it will be slow if you don’t really need to lose weight. Your body will be slow to give it up because you’re not fat, but it could happen. I also take Synthroid and I lose 1-2lbs per week. Being on medication makes your thyroid act normal again, so that’s not really a problem anymore. Good luck!

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