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Adolescent obesity

Sometimes losing weight requires a little help

Obesity is a serious health concern for young people. It is linked to type 2 diabetes, fractures, joint pain, menstrual irregularities and depression as well as worsening chronic conditions such as asthma.

It can also affect a young girl’s self-image. The prejudice associated with obesity is intense and young people are often humiliated and suffer emotional scars.

We understand that people who need to lose weight do not lack willpower; they lack skills to eat less and move more in a society that teaches them to do just the opposite. It is a different skill set, much like learning to play the piano or drive a car.

Your daughter does not have to try to lose the weight on her own. Novant Health has designed programs to help adolescents with their weight loss goals. Here are some of the services we offer for weight loss:

  • Individual assessments
  • Metabolic and body composition testing
  • Parent and family education

If recommended, we can also counsel your daughter on surgical weight loss options that are available to her through Novant Health.