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Less Exercise Behind Teen ​Girl's Weight Gain

January 20, 2019

My 13-year-old daughter used to love soccer, but she’s losing interest in sports as she gets older. Should I push her back into sports to keep her active?

"You should definitely encourage her to be active, but team sports may not be her 'thing' anymore," says Jorge Velez, M.D., an Orthopedic Specialist at Kelsey-Seybold. "There are many ways she can stay active, and even moderate activity is beneficial. Can she walk to and from school, or ride her bike regularly? Is she interested in dance or cheerleading? A recent study from the National Institutes of Health showed that inactive girls between ages 9-19 were 10-15 pounds heavier than active girls. Helping your daughter develop good exercise habits will help her stay healthier the rest of her life."

Portrait of Jorge Velez, MD, Orthopedics - Sports Medicine specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

About the Author

Dr. Jorge Velez is an orthopedic specialist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. He is an active member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
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