Overweight Teens Fight Back: Kim and Brooke

Food Fight

Dr. Phil says that the all-out screaming matches between Brooke and her mom, Kim, over Brooke's weight, are ripping the family apart.

Get a bird's-eye view of a typical family feud.

 

"She's trying to take control of her life, but nothing is working ... I keep making the decisions for her and hoping it becomes habit," Kim says.

 

"How is that working for you?" Dr. Phil asks. "Is there something that can happen today that will make you say, 'I'm so glad I went to see the bald guy?'" Dr. Phil asks Brooke.

 

"I want her to understand how it feels to be a teenager in today's world," Brooke says.

 

"What's a homerun for you?" Dr. Phil asks Kim.

 

Kim says she wants Brooke to take control of her life.

 

"You know what gets me about people our age? An awful lot of adults talk about kids today like we had nothing to do with who they have become ... We just talk about it [as if] you just showed up. Haven't you been raising her? Isn't your indictment of her also an indictment of yourself?" Dr. Phil asks.

 

[AD]Kim says she ended her vigilance toward her daughter's food choices as soon as she became old enough to make her own decisions.

"So, as long as you were in control, everything was fine?" Dr. Phil asks Kim. "Then as soon as she started making her own choices … train wreck?"

Kim says that's exactly how she sees it. She says she brings in fattening foods when Brooke's friends come over, since not everyone has to oblige to their diet.

"You know people who go on diets gain more weight during the year than people who don't?" Dr. Phil asks Kim.

The mother says her methods are more of a lifestyle change, however, everyone agrees they aren't working. "Obviously, what I've been doing isn't working, so if you want to give me another way to work at it …" Kim says. "I'm a control freak when it comes to her."

"You are a control freak," Dr. Phil says. "Though, this isn't 'throw mom under the bus day.'" 

Kim's own sound bites give her a tasty spoonful of her own medicine.

Kim says she understands the demonstration was done to show her how annoying she must sound.


"I know what she hears everyday … [but] it's more annoying for me to sit there and let her make the bad choice," Kim says.

Dr. Phil asks Kim why, if given how annoying she says she sounds, he still likes her anyway.

"I guess because I don't give up. She's the most important thing in my life," Kim says.

"That is exactly right!" Dr. Phil says. "I like you so much because you care."

[AD]Brooke says it is her mom's delivery that makes her well-intended, but annoying.


"Here's the deal," Dr. Phil says. "You have to let go. You have to be willing to try something different."

Dr. Phil tells Brooke how he can change her life in just 60 days.

"Your deployment is over," Dr. Phil tells Kim.