People come in all different shapes and sizes, and the best weight for you is one that is right for your individual body type and size. It can be unhealthy to be too thin if you are eating less food than your body needs. Eating enough food is like putting gas in your car if you run out of gas, it stops working! Being overweight is not good either. Kids who are overweight may not be getting the right nutrition if the food they eat has a lot of fat and calories without the other nutrients needed to stay healthy and strong. Eating a variety of healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables, is the best way to go. It puts high-quality fuel in your tank so you are ready to go.

Everyone needs to eat a healthy, balanced diet to grow, to fight-off infections, to do well in school and at play, and to just feel good. So read on to find out how youll know what the right weight is for you.

What Makes Me the Weight I Am? There's no easy answer to this question. Your genetic makeup (the physical traits that get passed down to you from your parents) plays a big part in determining your size and weight. The same goes for your body type. Have you ever heard someone say a person is "big boned"? Its a way of saying the person has a large frame, or skeleton. Big bones usually weigh more than small bones. Thats why its possible for two kids with the same height, but different weights, to both be the right weight.

Genes Matter! Like your height or body type, your genes have a lot to say about what your weight will be. But thats only part of the story. Being overweight can run in someones family, but it may not be because of their genes. Poor eating and exercise habits also run in families and this may be the reason the members of a family are overweight. And even though some kids gain weight more easily than others, when they eat right and exercise, most. kids can be a healthy and happy weight thats right for them. Its true the way you live can change the way you look. How much you weigh is a balance between the calories you eat and the calories you use. If you eat more calories than your body needs to use, you will gain too much weight. If you spend your free time watching TV, your body wont use as many calories as it would if you played basketball, skated, or went for a walk. If you are in balance, your weight will stay right for you as you grow. But if you eat more and exercise less, you may become overweight. On the other hand, if you eat less and exercise more, you may lose weight.

What if I Don’t Think My Weight Is the Right Weight? First, talk to your mom or dad, who might be able to talk to you about healthy eating and exercise. Next, look at ways that can help you get to the right weight for you.

Even small changes can get you moving in the right direction. For example, if you are overweight, just 10 minutes of exercise three times a day can make a difference. There are many ways to stay active: team sports (like basketball or volleyball), self-defense classes, dancing, yard work, running, swimming, even walking around the mall or playing outside. Make exercise fun by choosing activities you like. Walk your dog in the morning, play hopscotch at noon, and help your mom garden in the evening.

You also can talk with your doctor about your body mass index (BMI). That’s a way of using your height and weight to estimate how much body fat you have. You can figure out your own BMI below, but remember that BMI isn’t the whole story. You should talk with a doctor before deciding that you are overweight or underweight.


This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited


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