Quiz the Coach - I'm Overweight
Quiz the coach helps teen and tweens with sports and fitness related issues and problems like obesity, healthy eating questions, skateboard tricks and P.E. dilemnas. - Page 7
I'm a 15 year-old guy who loves basketball, who even wants to turn pro one day. My problem is I think I am a little overweight. My mom says I am a weed and I've been to the doctors and they say I'm underweight. When I look at my stomach, I see it's fat, but when I look in the mirror it's skinny, so what do I believe? Please help me.
Hey TmacThere are tons of kids out there who need to worry about being overweight - but you are not one of them. If your doctors, your mom and the mirror all say you're skinny, then you should trust them. Doctors, parents and mirrors have all been known to lie but I don't think this is one of those times. Ask your doc or the school nurse what your ideal weight is and find out if you should be changing your diet in order to gain a few extra pounds.
You're not the only kid who thinks he or she is too fat, too skinny, has too many zits or has something else wrong with their body. Teenagers usually tend to me more critical of the way they look then they should be. Having a positive body image is important to both your physical and mental health. If you feel good about the way you look, you'll feel more confident on the basketball court, which will make you a better player.
You won't reach your dream of playing in the NBA if you're too thin and not eating properly. Being tall is an important part of being an NBA star - being tall and skinny like a beanpole doesn't usually work (Just ask Shawn Bradley.) The best way for you to reach the NBA is to practice your game, play as much as possible and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Do you need tips or advice on sports, fitness or health? to the Kidzworld Coach. Keep in mind peeps, the Kidzworld Coach isn't a doctor or a professional athlete or anything like that. He's just a dude who digs sports, plays 'em and knows a lot about 'em. You should always talk to your 'rents, a doctor or your school gym teacher before starting a new sport or a new exercise.