Q: My daughter is 13 and weighs 200 pounds. I know she's a little overweight. What's the fastest way for to get the weight off, a diet or an exercise program?

- John Smith

A: John, first take your daughter to her pediatrician for a checkup to make sure there are no underlying health problems that are contributing to her weight gain or that would inhibit a diet and exercise program.

You should ask for a referral to a nutritionist who can provide guidance. Perhaps you can start a family fitness program . There is no "fastest way" for your daughter to lose weight and get in shape. The key is to go slow and steady.