Medi-Weightloss® Adolescent Program
The Medi-Weightloss® Adolescent Program was developed by a team of experts in pediatrics, public health, bariatrics, and nutrition to meet the needs of youth ages 12-18.
The Adolescent Program is not just about helping teens see the number on the scale fall. It is designed to empower our youth to live a healthier lifestyle now and in the future! The Adolescent Program consists of individual and family consultation as well as nutrition and exercise education.
The journey starts with an Initial Consultation with teens and parents:
- Full medical and health history
- Comprehensive blood panel
- Resting metabolic rate analysis via indirect calorimetry
- Consultation with a member of our team of healthcare providers
- Starter Kit
What is childhood obesity?
Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or well-being. A child is considered obese when their body mass index (BMI) is greater than the 95th percentile (meaning greater than 95% of children of the same age). Today, one out of every three adolescents is considered overweight or obese.
Why is childhood obesity a problem?
Obesity increases the risk for serious health problems. Kids who are unhappy with their weight also may be more likely to develop low self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, or unhealthy dieting habits and eating disorders. Health 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
- 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
- Irregular menstrual cycles and fertility problems in adulthood (girls)
What contributes to childhood obesity?