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Weight Management Advice for Overweight Teenage Children

Weight Loss for Teenagers and Children

Overweight in Teenagers and Adolescents

  • According to the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the percentage of teenagers and children who are overweight (defined as BMI-for-age at or above the 95th percentile of the CDC Growth Charts) continues to increase.
  • Among children and teens ages 6-19, 15 percent (almost 9 million) are overweight according to the 1999-2000 data, or triple the percentage in 1980.
  • In addition, over 10 percent of younger pre-school children between ages 2 and 5 are overweight, up from 7 percent in 1994.

Obesity and Diabetes in Teenagers & Children

Type 2 diabetes, associated with obesity and previously considered an adult disease, has increased dramatically in children and adolescents. Overweight and obesity are closely linked to type 2 diabetes.

Of children diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, 85 percent are obese.

A recent study suggests one in four overweight children is already showing early signs of Type 2 diabetes.

Overweight teenagers have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. This increases to 80% if one or more parent is overweight or obese. Overweight or obese adults are at risk for a number of health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer.

The most immediate consequence of overweight as perceived by the children themselves is social discrimination. This is associated with poor self-esteem and depression

Teenagers & Children - Weight Management Goals

The first goal of weight management in kids and young teenagers should be to stop weight gain and maintain normal growth in height. This way they can ‘grow into' their weight. To start, have your child eat healthier (about 500 fewer calories each day) and begin a program of regular exercise and physical activity.

Once your child has stopped gaining weight and is on a regular program of dieting and exercising, you can set further goals of slow weight loss, if necessary.

Weight Loss For Teenagers - More Help

If you need help to manage the weight of your kids/teenagers, talk to your doctor, who can refer you to a source of specialist advice. Alternatively, consider seeing a nutritionist for help with dieting, weight loss and in planning your family's diet.

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