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Last month, I reminded everyone how quickly time was passing and to get your weight loss focus in gear as we rapidly approach the Easter and Passover holidays and the warmer weather.  But, something else is drawing near: the senior prom.

The senior prom is one of the most important events in a teen's high school experience but for some it's another reason to worry and feel stressed. Overweight girls may be anxious they won't be asked to the prom; overweight boys may worry about asking and being rejected; and they both worry about finding a decent dress or tuxedo in their size. And whether or not a teenager has a date is not the issue; many prefer to go in a group. The point is: We want our kids to be comfortable, to feel good and to have the time of their lives on this one night they'll always remember.

As a mom of a college freshman, I remember vividly as if it were yesterday my daughter's prom and all the events leading up to it—the fun we had one year ago just being together going shopping and trying on a million gowns until she found 'the one!' (See photo.)

It is a special time, parents . . . and if your teenager is going to be anxious and stressed over the thought of trying to find that special gown or classic tuxedo that fits, it's NOT going to be a fun experience.

With a few months before proms commence in May and June, parents need to think about this now:  Prom night can be the catalyst to motivate teens to start changing bad eating habits. A teen can be down 2 sizes or more before starting to shop and/or going for a final fitting.

Additionally, losing weight for prom will instill confidence in your teenagers to keep going through the summer, a time when teens want to feel and look great … especially before heading off to colleges and universities mid-to-late August. And, trust me, if they go off to college overweight or obese in the fall, their weight is going to get a lot worse freshman year.

Count on it.

That's it, for now.  Until next month . . .

~ Lori Boxer

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