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Behavioral Health


Weight Management for Children and Teens

An important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is eating right and maintaining a healthy weight. Being overweight in childhood can affect a young person’s general health, and is an important early indicator for illnesses later into adulthood and a reduced lifespan. Physical complications of being overweight may include but are not limited to:1, 2

  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Bone, joint and muscle pain
  • Sleep apnea (absence of breathing during sleep)

Being overweight in childhood can also contribute to feelings of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Overweight kids are more likely to be teased and rejected by their peers.

Treatment Options

Review the recommended treatment options for weight problems.

Self-Help Resources

Find a variety of patient tools; including fact sheets, books and web sites.

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