Emily is an 11 year old girl and is in the 6th grade. For her age, Emily has always been a little overweight and began to develop earlier than many of the other girls her age. Before this current school year, Emily never had problems being around the other children in gym or while participating in extra-curricular activities. Emily began withdrawing from the activities and began losing self confidence so her teacher’s decided to contact Emily’s parents. Emily’s parents told her teacher and counselor that Emily’s weight had never really bothered her until recently, and that they had been in contact with their family doctor to discuss the affects of Emily’s weight and early development.After several doctors’ appointments and a strict diet with exercise, Emily’s weight began to drop.
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