The Adolescent Medical Weight Loss Program at the Bariatric Medicine Institute is a complete, personalized approach designed to diagnose and treat each patient with compassion, support, and effective solutions. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us at (801) 746-2885.
At BMI, we are committed to educating our patients and their families about lifestyle changes and providing the tools they need to implement those changes permanently. Our specialists meet with patients and their families to discuss the best methods of both prevention and treatment for each person.
We have a compassion staff of Physicians, a Physician Assistant, a Registered Dietitian, Medical Assistants, Personal Trainers, a Psychologist, insurance advocates, and patient educators. We are excited to support you on this journey to better fitness and health.
Currently, about one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are either overweight or obese. The occurrence of obesity among children and adolescents tripled from the late 1970s to 2000.
The likelihood of an obese child continuing on to be an obese adult is related to age, parental obesity, and severity of obesity. A large component of adolescent obesity is established before five years of age.
A variety of environmental factors probably contribute to the development of obesity in children. Television viewing is one of the best established environmental influences on the development of obesity during childhood. Genetic, endocrine and hypothalamic causes of obesity are also possible. For a few children, medications have an important contributing role.
How do I know if my child is overweight? — At your child’s office visit, we will measure their height and weight and use those measurements to calculate a number called the “body mass index” or “BMI.”
We will use your child’s BMI to tell if your child’s weight is healthy for his or her height. To do this, we will compare your child’s BMI to the BMIs of other children of the same age and sex. If your child’s BMI is high compared to other children, he or she is overweight. When a child’s BMI is much too high, we sometimes use the terms “obese” or “obesity.”
Why is it important for my child to have a healthy weight? — It’s important to have a healthy weight, because children who are very overweight can have:
- Liver problems
- Asthma – This is a lung condition that can make it hard to breathe.
- High blood pressure
- Knee or back pain
- Sleep apnea – This is a condition that makes people stop breathing for short periods during sleep.
It’s also important that your child have a healthy weight so that he or she will have a healthy weight as an adult. Being overweight as an adult can lead to medical problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes (high blood sugar), heart attacks, and some types of cancer.
Will my child need tests if he or she is overweight? — Maybe. We will talk with you and your child, and do an exam.
How can I help my child get to a healthy weight? — To help your child get to a healthy weight, you need to help him or her eat healthy foods and be more active. Making these lifestyle changes can be hard, especially at first.
For more information about the Adolescent Medical Weight Loss Program, call us at (801) 746-2885.