Should I Go on a Diet?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.dieting, lose weight, how to lose weight, losing weight, fat, too fat, should i lose weight?, do i need to lose weight?, am i fat?, dieting, diets, healthy eating, healthy weight, weight loss, fitness, bmi, body fat, overweight, portions, exercise, eating less, smaller food portions, get fit, fitness, nutrition, fad diets08/16/200707/30/201807/30/2018Mary L. Gavin, MD07/30/2018db4ba6eb-db7a-4ab0-859e-6a2ec652a80dhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/diet-query.html/<p><em>Should I go on a diet? Some people say I could lose weight, other people say I look good the way I am. But my best friend is always talking about her big hips and she&rsquo;s a size smaller than me! What should I do?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Evie*</em></p> <p>Friends, family, and even society can influence the way we see our bodies, leaving lots of people wondering if they should diet. But not all teens who diet actually need to lose weight. In fact, a constant focus on weight and dieting may lead to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/eat-disorder.html/">eating disorders</a> like anorexia and bulimia.</p> <p>The best thing to do if you have a question about dieting is to see your doctor. He or she can help you determine what's a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/weight-tips.html/">healthy weight</a> for you. If needed, your doctor can refer you to a dietitian, who can design a healthy eating program that works for you.</p> <p>Even without your doctor, you can make smart food choices that keep you healthy. Substituting healthy foods for not-so-healthy ones and eating regular-sized <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/portion-size.html/">portions</a> is a good start. Regular <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/exercise-wise.html/">exercise</a> can make you look and feel even better and help you maintain a healthy weight.</p> <p>Lifestyle changes like these can have lasting results &mdash; unlike the temporary results from going on a diet.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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