Hax: 13-year-old's weight turns into struggle

  • by: CAROLYN HAX
  • Updated: July 21, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Dear Carolyn: I am the father of a 13-year-old daughter who would rather sit on the couch and watch TV than do anything else, whereas most of her friends play sports or do other exercise-related activities. My wife and I are concerned because she has gained 20 pounds over the past 18 months or so, now has a noticeable belly, and her clothes are obviously tighter. I think her metabolism has dramatically slowed since she hit puberty about two years ago.

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