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Dear Dish-It, How Do I Get My Family Active?

Dear Dish-It,

My family is great, but they're a bunch of couch potatoes! All they ever do is sit around the living room and watch TV. And their idea of a fun night is renting DVDs, which I think is fun too, but not all the time! I wanna do other stuff with my parents like go biking and play basketball, but they always say they're too tired. How can I get my family off the couch and be more active with me?
helium kid


Dear helium kid,

It's awesome to see how concerned you are about your family's health! It's pretty hard for people to go from being couch potatoes to active and physically fit, so it's gonna take some time and effort. Start out by having a heart-to-heart talk with your parents about what you've just told me. Tell 'em that you're concerned about their health and that you wanna spend more time with them by getting active and playing sports, and less time watching the tube. It might take awhile, but your concerns will eventually sink in and get your family up and off that couch!


Organize a family fitness day once a week where you bike around your neighborhood, take a hike in your local park or play a game of touch football in the backyard. And on those cold, rainy days when you wanna stay inside but still wanna do somethin' active, challenge your family to a game of DDR or pop the Twister Dance DVD game into the DVD player to get your family movin' and groovin'!


So, ya gotta burnin' question? Need some love directions? Thinkin' 'bout stuff like depression, sex,how ya feel 'bout YOURSELF (that's called "self-esteem"), boyfriends, girlfriends, losin' old friends, bullyin' or peer pressure, but too scared to ask the parents? Don't be scared to .


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    rainbowpoptart
    Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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    jake495
    jake495 posted in Family Issues:
    Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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    ThePaleWalker636
    I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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    drowning
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