I’ve thinned out during puberty, but I’m still overweight. How I can be healthier?

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apple-15687_640I have thinned out over my years of puberty, but I’m still overweight. I like looking thin but I know I’m not as healthy as I could be. Any suggestions?

Many girls notice changes in the way their bodies’ look and feel during puberty. As your body is changing, it’s common to wonder what’s normal and what isn’t. It’s perfectly normal and healthy for all girls to grow taller and to gain weight during puberty.

If you’re concerned that your weight actually is unhealthy though, talk to your health care provider. Keep in mind that being healthy doesn’t mean you need to follow a strict diet or exercise plan. Instead, try to eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein, and try to get 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Although it’s common to be more aware of your body and your appearance during puberty, it isn’t healthy to be worried about how you look all the time. If you think you’re too concerned about the way your body looks, talk to a health care provider or another adult about your concerns.