Teen Weight Loss: Getting Started

Doctor taking measures of overweight mid-adult woman(BlackDoctor.org) — Your teen’s weight is affecting his health — physically or mentally — so as a parent, you’re concerned. Perhaps your teen has been diagnosed with a health problem common in overweight teens, such as high blood pressure or sleep apnea. Or maybe your teen has expressed anxiety about his weight.

Whatever the reason, you want to help. But it’s not easy for a parent to know how to help. While your teen might feel ashamed or even angry about his weight, he may also be resentful if you try to get involved. As much as your teen may want to tackle his problems without help, your involvement in managing his weight is important.You can help your teen make changes to his diet and exercise habits that will put him on a healthier track.


Set the Stage for Success

Helping overweight teens make healthy choices is complex. To help with teen weight management or teen weight loss, here are a few things you can do to set the stage for success.