Weight Loss Programs for Kids and Teens

Helping an overweight child or teen is frequently a daunting task for parents, made more difficult by the fact that parents simply too often don’t know how to go about it or where to begin.  Quick-fix weight loss programs for kids and teens are not the same as healthy weight loss programs for kids and teens, and when it comes to your children nothing less than healthy weight loss should be the objective. Unfortunately, pediatricians too often tell parents of overweight kids to just cut down on their kids’ portions and get them moving.  That won’t work either:  Chances are they’ll just eat less of what got them overweight in the first place.

At WeightNoMoreSM Diet Center we work with kids, teens, and their parents to plan personal daily menus.  Taking into account a parent’s and child’s schedules, as well as the child’s age, and any medical issues we will generate customized eating plans, including what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat, as well as provide cooking tips and recipes.  And, if necessary, we will reach out to a child’s school to work with us to facilitate a child’s dietary and weight loss needs during the school day.

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Dear Moms and Dads,

As parents, we are responsible for the environment in which we raise our children—emotionally, physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually.  All the years our children are home before spreading their wings and beginning the next chapters of their lives, our children are listening to us, watching us and soaking it all in. We simply must strive to do everything possible to get it right because we don’t get do-overs! . . . and nothing is as important for a child’s emotional and physical well-being as is good health and the eating habits that are the foundation to good health.

With very few exceptions in the many years of our experience, overweight children have overweight parents who are almost always in denial about the weight of their children.  If you are an overweight parent, it is selfish to think that your weight and size doesn’t affect your children, be they overweight or not. It does. Slim kids do NOT like having overweight parents. They are often embarrassed by it in addition to feeling insecure because an overweight parent has greater health risks, and is less active in a child’s life.  Overweight kids do NOT like it either: They feel lost. They have no role models. They are reluctant or inhibited to speak to an overweight parent about how they feel about being overweight. They hold things in.  They can’t ask for proper lifestyle guidance because they do not believe their parents can help them.

If you are an overweight adult, and if you are honest with yourself, you don’t like what you see when you look in the mirror.  So, do you think it’s OK for your child to grow up overweight like you?  Do you think your child will be happy?  Do you think your child will be healthy?  Do you think your child will not blame you for the food and weight issues that will surely be a lifelong battle for them?  You are responsible for grocery shopping. You are responsible for cooking and preparing meals. You, therefore, are responsible for the eating habits that will be cultivated in your children.  Like it or not, it is so.

If you are an overweight parent, it’s time for YOU to begin the journey to a healthier, slimmer life.  How best to do that?  If you want to do it in a consistent, healthy way that gives you the best chance to stay slim, you must choose to lose weight in a manner that most closely resembles the way you can eat for the rest of your life.  The way you choose to do this has to pass the litmus test: Is the diet I am about to choose safe enough and healthy enough for my child?  And there is no better way to do that than just learning how to eat correctly from each of the food groups, and from normal, regular food you buy in the supermarket.  Let us help you.  LET US HELP YOUR CHILD.

At WeightNoMoreSM Diet Center our mission when it comes to children is straight-forward:

To TEACH kids of all ages how to eat correctly, from each of the food groups, in a friendly, warm, personal and private, and nonjudgmental environment.

To CULTIVATE a confidential counselor-client relationship, where children are comfortable and encouraged to speak freely.

To EMPOWER children to understand that every action they take has a re-action, that what and how they eat affects their sleep, their energy and stamina, their attentiveness at school, their athletic and scholastic abilities, their self-confidence, self-esteem and social interactions.

To GUIDE parents not only in what and how to feed their children, but to impart to them the importance of including their children in the process, thereby enabling them to take responsibility for their own well-being and to achieve success.

To ENCOURAGE parents of an overweight child to practice what we teach their child, to set the example for their child, to make it a family affair.

Teach. Cultivate. Empower. Guide. Encourage.  These are the fundamentals that we, as parents, must use in all aspects of our children’s lives, and nowhere are they more important than in their eating habits.

Lori Boxer, Director

If you’re child is overweight or obese, what are you weighting for? We can help.

If you are interested in working with us, and would like us to call you, please fill out the questionnaire, and we will respond on our next business day.



















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