Introducing our new Kids Program!
More than 30 percent of American children are obese or overweight. Poor nutrition is everywhere; only 2% of school-age children consistently eat well. Kids are less active overall due to today's fast-paced but sedentary lifestyles. Obesity in kids is one of the easiest medical conditions to identify, but one of the most difficult to treat.
What is Obesity?
A few extra pounds does not suggest obesity. However, they may indicate a tendency to gain weight easily and a need for changes in diet and/or exercise. Generally, a child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10% higher than what is recommended for their height and body type. Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80% chance of becoming obese as an adult.
What Causes Obesity?
The causes of obesity are complex and include genetic, biological, behavioral, and cultural factors. Obesity occurs when a person eats more calories than the body burns. Although certain medical disorders can cause obesity, less than 1% of all obesity is caused by physical problems. Obesity in childhood and adolescence can be related to:
- Poor eating habits
- Overeating or binging
- Lack of exercise (i.e., couch potatoes)
- Family history of obesity
- Medical illnesses (endocrine disorders, neurological problems)
- Medications (steroids, some psychiatric medications)
- Stressful life events or changes (separations, divorce, moves, deaths, abuse)
- Family and peer problems
- Low self-esteem
- Depression or other emotional problems
How can obesity be managed and treated?
Obese children need a thorough medical evaluation by a pediatrician or family physician to consider the possibility of a physical cause. In the absense of a physical disorder, the only way to lose weight is to reduce the number of calories being eaten and to increase the level of physical activity. Lasting weight loss can only occur when there is self-motivation.
Our physicians have put together programs specifically tailored to children ages 12-17. Your child's program will be supervised by our physicians and will include one month of FDA-approved appetite medication, a liquid vitamin specifically formulated for children, and a month supply of probiotics to help with proper digestive health. The price of the program is $120 per month and includes the consultation with our physician, along with daily meal plans, and educational material for you and your child.
Now available for only $120 per month!