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What Makes Me the Weight I Am?
« on: July 29, 2006, 07:45:40 PM »
What Makes Me the Weight I Am?

There's no easy answer to this question. Your genetic makeup, the physical traits that get passed down to you from your parents, plays a big part in determining your size and weight. If both your parents are tall, there is a good chance you'll be tall. But if your parents are smaller than average, you may want to rethink that professional basketball career!

The same goes for your body type. Have you ever heard someone say a person is "big boned?" It's a way of saying the person has a large frame, or skeleton. Big bones usually weigh more than small bones. That's why it's possible for two kids with the same height, but different weights, to both be the right weight.

Like your height or body type, your genes have a lot to say about what your weight will be. But that's only part of the story. Being overweight can run in someone's family, but it may not be because of their genes. Poor eating and exercise habits also run in families and this may be the reason the members of a family are overweight. And even though some kids gain weight more easily than others, when they eat right and exercise, most kids can be a healthy and happy weight that's right for them. It's true - the way you live can change the way you look.

How much you weigh is a balance between the calories you eat and the calories you use. If you eat more calories than your body needs to use, you will gain too much weight. If you spend your free time watching TV, your body won't use as many calories as it would if you played basketball, skated, or went for a walk. If you are in balance, your weight will stay right for you as you grow. But if you eat more and exercise less, you may become overweight. On the other hand, if you eat less and exercise more, you may lose weight.
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What if I Don't Think My Weight Is the Right Weight?
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2006, 07:49:01 PM »
What if I Don't Think My Weight Is the Right Weight?

First, talk to your mom or dad. He or she might be able to talk to you about healthy eating and exercise. Next, look at ways that can help you get to the right weight for you. Even small changes can get you moving in the right direction. For example, if you are overweight, just 10 minutes of exercise three times a day can make a difference. There are many ways to stay active: team sports (like basketball or volleyball), self-defense classes, dancing, yard work, running, swimming - even walking around the mall. Make exercise fun by choosing activities you like. Walk your dog in the morning, play hopscotch at noon, and help your mom garden in the evening.

You also can talk with your doctor about your body mass index (BMI). That's a way of using your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have. You can figure out your own BMI below, but remember that BMI isn't the whole story. You should talk with a doctor before deciding that you are overweight or underweight.


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