When teenagers express an interest in wanting to gain weight, it’s often for image-related reasons. Some boys don’t develop the broad shoulders they see in their peers as quickly as they’d like while teen girls often envy the womanly curves of celebrities.
Among teen boys, sports are a common motivator for wanting to gain weight. Football players, for instance, start playing the sport in middle school before everyone’s been through puberty. But when they get to high school, they may not be big enough for the varsity squad and want to bulk up.
Doctors advise that there usually isn’t a medical reason for most teenagers to gain weight. If sports is the motivator, helping your teen find another sport in which a long, lanky appearance will aid performance is the best course of action. It can be helpful for girls and boys to find a sport or some other sort of activity which helps them appreciate their body and treat it well. Both teen girls and boys could benefit from counseling in self-esteem can help ward off dangerous body image issues.
However, when a teenager is underweight a doctor may advise that he or she try to gain weight—in a healthy way. If your teen is very active and uses more energy throughout the day than she consumes in calories, a doctor would likely want her to gain weight. Following are some healthy tips on fast ways for teenagers to gain weight.