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The first exercise of the day was to split up the room, parents and siblings on one side and the teens on the other. "The goal was to show both sides that they're not alone in this battle," Oprah says.

Once the room is divided, Yvonne asks the teens to stand if they had ever been laughed at, teased or physically assaulted because of their weight or body size. Some of the teens stand. "My brother makes fun of me," Haven says. "He calls me Barney. He calls me Chubs. He calls me a fatty."

Jillian says people in her school post negative comments on the Internet about their overweight classmates. "How gross they are and if you're overweight, you should die...and it's just really hard," she says.

When Yvonne asks the teenagers to stand if they have ever felt ashamed or embarrassed about the way they look, most of the teens stand. "It's rare that I don't go in my room and cry at night," Jessica says. "It's usually when I start trying to get my clothes ready for school in the morning and the stuff will fit, but it's putting it on and knowing what size it is."
FROM: Obese Families in Crisis: The Intervention
Published on January 26, 2009
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.