Dealing With Fast Weight Loss Programs And Surgeries For TeenagersAdolescence is a time of great pressure for children. This is the period in their life when they have to adapt to different environments and cope with the many new things coming into their lives.
In addition to the usual changes in the body’s chemical and hormonal makeup, a teenager has to cope with new pressures in the family, at school and in their social group. Most kids find the last one most difficult to deal with.
Teenage social groups, can be remarkably cruel when they so choose. Stories of bullying and ostracism in both middle and high school are widespread throughout the country. There are those who are popular : and conversely those who are regularly targeted to be made fun of and bullied to varying degrees.
In most teen social groups, the desire to be recodnised as belonging to the select "in-crowd" of popular kids; or merely to be accepted by the majority, - is one of the major objectives during these sensitive years of teenage life. Unfortunately, much criteria for acceptance and the ostracism involve appearance.
This is perhaps the reason why young people are so sensitive and concerned with their looks. Ultimately, they don’t really desire slim bodies per se. No do they really want to diet. They just yearn to be accepted. Consequently they view dieting as a potential entry ticket to the "select" social group they target.
This may well be a cause of burgeoning teenage eating disorders - and associated surgical interventions. Understandably popular are those programs promising the rapid gratification of "slimness in under a month". Although these procedures may work (short term): when taken to the extreme they can be extremely dangerous. In the longer run, these gullible victims may be destroying their health - both physical and mental.
The guidance of parents is vital here. Parents must show their children the right way; and guide them to make the right choices.
To be effective in this, parents have to demonstrate their understanding and your support. Many parents just oppose the choices of their kids.
Because of this, their kids no longer confide their concerns and what is going on in their lives. You may not like everything your children do; but at least by knowing about them, you can put limits around their behavior. There is a lot that “being aware” can do.
If you cannot really stop them and they are really decided; then support them with their decision. Accompany them in shopping for a surgical doctor. Tell them the pros and the cons. Maybe, you can manage to dissuade them.
Children can be logical and rational when they choose. They just need the right kind of information fed to them. Another way to help them is to make sure that they are aware of the consequences of choices that they make. Losing weight fast can be dangerous - point them toward information about these dangers. Similarly, introduce them to picture of people who have gone under the knife and had their surgeries backfire.