‘Should I be more blunt with my 13-year-old about her weight problem?’

Ask the Expert: I am overweight myself I don’t want her to go through the same thing

Last week, in the middle of a row, her brother called her fat and she burst into tears. Photograph: iStock

Last week, in the middle of a row, her brother called her fat and she burst into tears. Photograph: iStock

What is the best way to deal with a weight issue with a 12-year-old girl (13 in two weeks). She has always been a little bit pudgy and since she has started puberty she has come to put on more weight.

She is relatively inactive but does do GAA, though it has become an increasing struggle to get her there and, since last week, she has been threatening to give it up.

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