It’s normal for women who have battled their weight and appetites for a lifetime to overly focus on the weight gain of their adolescent daughters. But likely your daughter is only going through puberty, and experiencing predictable and transient weight gain.

Confusing the two is a big issue that can spark disordered eating in our girls. This is a truth bomb reminder from FEAST, the worldwide organization dedicated to supporting parents of those with eating disorders. According to them girls in puberty go from gaining about 5 pounds a year to gaining 12-23 pounds in puberty in order to prepare their bodies for menstruation.

As parents it’s important to support our daughters in healthy ways during this time to accept their changing bodies and not encourage dieting or restriction.

Your Adolescent Daughter Doesn’t Have a Weight Problem – She’s Going Through Puberty | FEAST