• Country: USA

Medical Weight Loss Program

PowerPlay

PowerPlay — Our adolescent weight loss program features:

  • Developed by trained professionals in Pediatrics and Bariatrics.
  • Physician-supervised.
  • Weekly support, encouragement, and motivation.
  • Education on how to lose weight using real food.
  • Overcome temptations and win the weight loss battle.
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About the Program

PowerPlay is a physician-supervised weight loss program designed specifically to meet the needs of adolescents ages 12-18.

The program was designed by a team of trained professionals in Pediatrics, Childhood Psychology, Public Health, Bariatrics, and Nutrition and consists of individual and family consultation, a multivitamin supplement, and nutrition and exercise education. The medical staff at PowerPlay is dedicated to providing our patients the support, motivation, and education they need to lose weight and transition to a healthier lifestyle. PowerPlay is committed to empowering our youth today, so they can live a healthier tomorrow.

The Support and Education You Need!

After the initial consultation, you will meet weekly with your PowerPlay counselor. Your parents are asked to attend these meetings every other week. These weekly visits include the following:

  • Consultation with a PowerPlay counselor or physician to determine progress and overcome obstacles to success
  • History and physical, including weigh-in and BMI plotting
  • Journal review and recommended changes
  • Exercise review and counseling

Why Choose the PowerPlay Program?

  • We provide weekly support, encouragement, and motivation.
  • Our counselors educate you on how to lose weight in the real world, using real food.
  • You will have access to current information about nutrition, delicious recipes, and text messaging food journaling and fitness tracking online.
  • We teach you how to overcome temptations and win the weight loss battle.

Q and A for PowerPlay Parents

What is childhood obesity?
Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or well-being. The CDC has defined a child as obese when their body mass index (BMI) is greater than the 95th percentile. Over the last two decades, the number of overweight children has increased by 50%, and the number of obese children has nearly doubled. Today, one out of every three adolescents is overweight or obese.
Why is childhood obesity a problem?
Obesity increases the risk for serious health problems and may lead to low self-esteem as a result of teasing and bullying by peers. Kids who are unhappy with their weight may be more likely to develop low self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, or unhealthy dieting habits and eating disorders. Medical problems that are known consequences of obesity include:
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and/or high triglycerides that can lead to heart disease, heart failure, or stroke in adulthood
  • Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance that can lead to kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease (decreased blood flow and sensation to fingers/toes) in adulthood
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Restless or disordered sleep patterns; i.e., obstructive sleep apnea
  • Shortness of breath that makes any physical activity more difficult and may increase the chance of developing or aggravate the symptoms of asthma
  • Early physical and sexual maturation
  • Females with irregular menstrual cycles and fertility problems in adulthood
  • Liver disease
  • Gall bladder disease/stones
  • Depression

Today's children are the first generation who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Obese children have even been proven to show early warning signs of future heart disease as early as 3 years old!

What contributes to childhood obesity?
  • Today's youth are eating and drinking more calories than ever.
  • Fast food has played a large role in the development of obesity. Children eat about 187 extra calories on days that they eat fast food.
  • Juices and soda are a source of calories without significant nutrition. Juice is loaded with calories and sugar and does not possess the benefits of fiber that a piece of fruit contains.
  • Today's youth are playing outside, running, and exercising LESS, while sitting in front of a television or computer screen more. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends less than 2 hours per day of screen time.
  • Medications and diseases, such as hormone problems and genetic syndromes, can also lead to excessive weight gain without adequate weight and nutrition management and education.
How Can PowerPlay Help?
PowerPlay is a physician-supervised weight loss program designed specifically to meet the need of adolescents ages 12-18. The program was designed by a team of trained professionals in Pediatrics, Childhood Psychology, Public Health, Bariatrics, and Nutrition and consists of individual and family consultation, a multivitamin supplement, and nutrition and exercise education. The medical staff at PowerPlay is dedicated to providing our patients the support, motivation, and education they need to lose weight and transition to a healthier lifestyle. PowerPlay is committed to empowering our youth today, so they can live a healthier tomorrow.