Dr. Phil

Season 1 Episode 3

Kids and Weight

Aired Weekdays Sep 18, 2002 on
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Kids and Weight
When kids have weight problems, Dr. Phil says you need to look at why they are eating, not what they are eating.

Christopher, who is 12 and weighs 250 pounds, says he feels bad about the way his weight affects the family: "We have to take a lot of things out of the house like cookies, chips and sodas." Although his parents have spent thousands of dollars on a personal trainer and weight loss programs, he hasn't lost weight.

Wendy admits she withholds affection from her 8-year-old daughter Melani because of her weight. "I tell her she's fat and explain to her it's her fault," says Wendy. Dr. Phil lets Wendy know he disagrees with her strategy and tells Melani, "You are a precious, funny and cute little girl. If you write me a story about how you are a star in your own life — and the things you are proud of, I'll read it on TV."moreless

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