If you have a teen who is having trouble with their weight, you are not alone. Over 14 million youth in the United States carry excess weight. It turns out that nearly 1 out of ever 5 children between the age of 12-19 years old are considered overweight or obese.
Having an overweight teen can be very difficult for the entire family. Sometimes parents don’t know exactly what to do to help their kids achieve a healthy weight. The CDC reports that an overweight child has a higher likelihood of becoming an overweight adult. Adults are likely to develop obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
According to the National Children’s Organization, Weight-related bullying can lead to an increase in negative feelings including anxiety and symptoms of depression like irritability, sad mood, low energy and fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and a lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities. This can lead to emotional eating, which can then result in further weight gain, which may lead to increased bullying, which then starts the cycle all over again.
If your child is expressing concerns about their weight, body or appearance this may be a sign that your child needs support with navigating through this challenge. A great place to start is with your pediatrician or family doctor. If they are experienced in this area they will be able to thoroughly evaluate your teen and provide clear direction and strategies for your family to get on track. If you are not seeing results or your doctor is not able to help get the results your child needs then you may have to see a medical weight loss specialist who is experienced at working with adolescents.
At REAL Weight Loss + Wellness, our physicians are well prepared to support your adolescents with safe and effective weight loss solutions. Our team offers a comprehensive approach to weight management and wellness care to children age 12 years and older.
If you are having any of those symptoms above, they may benefit from a Medical Weight Loss and Wellness Specialist.
Contact us at REAL Weight Loss + Wellness today to discuss if you may be a good candidate for our physician led Medical Weight Loss and Wellness Program. Prior to the appointment you will fill out a simple health assessment and schedule bloodwork to evaluate important lab tests.
Our REAL Weight Loss + Wellness Biote Certified Provider will review your lab results with you and your family, then develop a personalized care plan based on the results and health goals.
Getting started with a Teen Weight Loss Program at REAL Weight Loss + Wellness is easy!
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