I fear for my daughter, 12, who weighs 11 stone and whose appetite has rocketed

DEAR DEIDRE: MY daughter is overweight for her age.

How do I tell her without breaking her confidence?

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Her appetite has rocketed in the last few months, as has her weight.

Now she weighs almost 11 stone.

She’s 12, I’m 39.

I try to encourage better habits by leaving healthy snacks in easy reach but she devours those and still wants more.

I know she eats in her bedroom at night and tries to hide the evidence.

I don’t want to restrict her eating or remove all “fun” foods, but how do I convince her that these habits will affect her health later in life?

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DEIDRE SAYS: The fact she is hiding her eating indicates she feels ashamed.

Rather than focusing on your daughter, talk to the whole family about healthy eating and exercise.

Exercise together to get fitter and eat healthy meals together. Don’t talk about looking better or thinner, but about being healthy.

Ask your GP to check there are no underlying reasons for her appetite surge.

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