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Aug 13 2018
My teen is not drinking sufficient water and we stay in Chennai where the heat is extremely high. I have to keep reminding her to constantly drink water. She is also most of the times out in the sun and sometimes when she returns home, she is completely drained and has no energy. Please help how I can make sure she drinks sufficient water and eats healthy.
@Rani Lakshmi Really understand your concern. Keep reminding her to drink. Try packing her a box of cut fruits and veggies like cucumber, melons, oranges etc., which are loaded with water. If she likes coconut water, let her drink that. Most of the milk shops have buttermilk available. She can drink fluids in any form and sometimes her body will crave water and let her take water bottle without fail. These kids are very intelligent but sometimes they need lot of reminders for simple things like this:-) My teens also are like that sometimes. Keep forwarding her messages and information about the importance of water. People who dont drink enough water may face a lot of health problems like digestion related problems, acne, kidney stones etc., Speak to her friends also and request them to remind her. Hopefully she will understand.Since she is being a little stubborn, at home, when you are around, drink water in front of her as much as possible and offer her a glass of water every now and then. Give her healthy drinks like smoothies and home made juice that she likes. It is funny that sometimes we have to treat them like babies, trying to offer them when they are capable of walking and pouring a glass of water themselves. They behave too busy or uninterested. With all your efforts I'm sure she will get the point very soon. All the Best :-)
@Rani Lakshmi Thank you so much, Roopa for your answer...I have lately started setting goals for myself and my kids. We try to monitor each other and this has helped us achieve this goal.
My niece is 21 and weighs only 42 kgs. She has a strong dislike for green vegetables and loves to eat parceled food. Every other day she demands fries, burgers or pizzas. Most of the time she will eat a packet of chips while returning from college. She is also very anaemic. We have tried to make her her understand about the ill-effects of junk food, but she does not seem to bother What can we do to convince her and change her eating habits/
@Karna Dileep Vardhan Reddy I have a friend of mine who is also underweight and no matter how much she eats, her body weight is either the same or lesser. For certain body types, the metabolic rate varies which to a large extent determines their body weight. Just ensure that her bad eating habits do not crawl in too much and she is educated and corrected right now. My friend was also quite lethargic and inactive most of the time and she was anemic too. But soon she made it a point to start eating healthy and move around more often. I think a bad instance when witnessed will drastically change the way she is eating right now. Give her practical examples of people like her who are suffering now because of their bad eating habits. This will be like a burst of reality for her which may make her to seriously rethink her food and lifestyle choices.
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My 18 year old daughter was suffering from obesity after she had to take medicines with steroids at the age of 14. In the first year of her college, she decided to reduce weight. I was very supportive of the decision but wanted her to lose weight gradually and in a healthy manner, rather than opting for fad diets or crash diets. Rather, the entire family was supportive of her decision and in about 20 months my daughter lost 23 kilos from 85 to 62 kg. She would eat a bowl of fruits in the morning, followed by boiled and sprouted lentil salad for lunch. Sometimes, she would snack on figs, dates or dry fruits to satiate her mid-morning hunger. In the evening after returning from college I would make her a nice dish of sauted vegetables with a half-boiled egg or poha, upma or Gram flour chila. For dinner she would take a dish of boiled and seasoned veggies with grilled chicken or fish. Saturdays were her cheat days and she chose to indulge in different types of food. Along with a healthy diet she would do 45 minutes of Yoga every morning. It is really encouraging to see her grow up to be a young 23 year-old, who is healthier and fitter than before.
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