-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Quiz the Coach - I'm Overweight For My Age

Quiz the Coach - I'm Overweight For My Age - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Quiz the coach helps teens and tweens with sports and fitness related issues and problems like obesity, healthy eating questions, skateboard tricks and P.E. dilemnas. - Page 12

So ya dig sports but need some help with your game? Don't understand some of the rules of football, basketball or hockey? Got a gripe about P.E. class, skateboarders, cheerleading, coaches, or anything? Why not ?

1Hey Coach,
Hey coach, I am overweight for my age and I am actually really active but we aren't what you would call "rich." We can't afford to take dance lessons, kickboxing, team sports, etc. I like to run a lot but it just isn't doing it. What can I do?
hhcheergurl

Hey hhcheergurl

Your age doesn't determine how much you should weigh. There's not really any "right weight" for a 13 year old. People have different body types - some are more muscular or more developed. As teenagers go through puberty, the amount of muscle, fat and bone in their body can change dramatically. As your body goes through physical changes, it's normal for you to gain some weight. This isn't unhealthy - it's just an uncomfortable side effect of puberty.

So, before you start worrying about being "overweight for your age" - check in with your doctor or a school nurse. A more accurate way of figuring out if you're overweight is by seeing if your weight is right for your height and body type. This kind of measurement is called the Body Mass Index, which estimates how much body fat a person has based on his or her weight and height. For more info on the BMI, click here.

As long as you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, you shouldn't need to worry about being overweight. It's too bad that the costs of certain programs means some kids are able to participate in activities while others aren't - but you don't need to be "rich" to stay active. It doesn't cost anything to go for a walk or a jog. If you're getting bored of running there's many other low-cost ways to get in shape like jumping rope, dribbling a basketball or kicking a soccerball around with some friends. You can also talk to your P.E. teacher (hopefully, you have a P.E. program at your school), and see what sports programs might be available to you at the school or in your community for free.

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.

 

Related Stories:

 

 

 

31 Comments

Related Stories

Micro deardish ihatethewayilook micro
Overweight asks: I'm only 11-years-old and I weigh 155 pounds. I know I'm fat, but I want to lose...
Are you worried about your weight? Do you think you should weigh more or less than you already sh...
As kids spend more time in front of the computer and TV, their levels of physical activity have d...
F1112995370578

Should P.E. Be Mandatory In School? Vote!

  • Yes - it keeps me in shape.
  • No - it's more important to have more classes like math and reading.
  • Yes - It's my favorite class
  • I have never had P.E.

Sports In The Forums

ShenkelBoy
ShenkelBoy posted in Basketball:
Cavs bruh they lit
reply about 8 hours
Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Xtreme Sports:
Of course we can! It's true that we're a little less strong physically, but we can. "Can't" means just that, we can't. And that's wrong. It's true we have to deal with all that physical pain (I can whine about it for agesss) and mental pain too. And that some of us cry easily. But that's because we feel pain! So although we are less strong physically as I said earlier, girls can also think up ways to surprise someone in a fight. And that's a good thing to do to someone who laughs at a girl and says they cant fight.
reply 1 day
PitbullLover777
Cheer-leading is a sport - most people think that it is not - but it is Yes it looks like they are just cheering on the football players - but their routines and being able to hold up girls over their head takes strength, and they work really hard to make everything look good.
reply 4 days
ererie
ererie posted in Basketball:
I liked cheering for the underdog, so I've always cheered for the Cavs. I'd like to see how this year's line-up goes, though our past best point guard left for the Celtics.  :/
reply 4 days
ererie
ererie posted in Basketball:
LeBronBron
reply 4 days