Tuesday, February 11, 2003

My Mom tells me I'm fat. Is this cruel?

I'm 17 years old, 5'4", I weigh 130 lbs, and I wear a size 6 to 8. My Mom tells me that I am fat and that I have to go on a diet or she's gonna send me to military school. She says that If I don't weigh less than a hundred pounds and wear a size two (four max) by graduation in spring she will be sending me to military school. I don't want to go to military school, I want to be a doctor. What are some good tips for losing weight? My Mom suggested that I try wearing a rubber-band on my wrist and snapping myself every time I think about food. Is this a good idea?

P.S. I tried to get my Dad to say that I didn't have to lose weight but he says that it's best not to stand up to my Mom cause she can make your life a living ****.

Answer on My Mom tells me I'm fat. Is this cruel?

You're not fat. And less than a hundred pounds for a seventeen-year-old is past starvation standards. You should inform your mom that military school won't make you lose weight, it makes you build up muscle, so you may come back even heavier. You've got a year until you can move out and do as you please, so don't bother trying to radically change your life at this point.

And the next time your mom calls you fat, look at her for a moment and say "it must be hereditary."