Child and Adolescent Weight Loss Programs in Ohio
In the last 25 years, the number of children and adolescents in the United States that are considered clinically overweight has nearly tripled. The consequences to our nation’s health are disturbing. Type 2 diabetes, previously considered an adult disease, has increased dramatically in children and adolescents. Overweight and obesity are closely linked to type 2 diabetes.
Risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, occur with increased frequency in overweight children and adolescents compared to children with a healthy weight.
The most immediate consequence of overweight as perceived by the children themselves is social discrimination. This is associated with poor self-esteem and depression. Our medical team is sensitive to the difficulties experienced by overweight children and adolescents. Our approach is one of education and guidance to assist your child to make healthy choices and change some of the behaviors that they have learned. We will assist them to become more active and to understand the consequences of their nutritional choices.
At the same time, we encourage you to become involved in the treatment plan as well so that you can serve as a valuable role model for your child. Many of the unhealthy patterns that your child has learned are probably shared by other members of your household.
Weight loss for young people can be a complicated process and should always be done under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. Children are still growing and it is essential that they get the nutrients they need to support this growth. Some weight loss diets that are safe for adults are unsafe for young people. Our nutrition experts will design a program specifically for your child that will precisely meet their nutrition needs and allow them to safely lose weight.
In some cases weight loss will not even be required. The goal may be to maintain the current weight as your child grows. In other words, we help them to ‘grow into’ their weight.
Being overweight in childhood often results in being overweight in adulthood. This means that, without help, your child may face a lifetime of health and emotional problems because of his or her weight. We can help.