Obesity, and its companion, the risk of diabetes, are seen every day in America’s children. There has been a 183% increase in obesity in just the past three decades. Millions of overweight teens and young adults now face a lifetime of compromises in health, social-psychological well-being, and vocational opportunities – all because of their weight.
Young people, especially between 10 and 26 years old, struggle with obesity and eating disorders. They know too well the heartbreak of teasing and often suffer from low self-esteem because of their weight.
Many decades of psychological studies have advanced our ability to resolve these issues so that teens and young adults can lose weight consistently – and keep it off.
Self-Control and Weight Control
A viable program focuses on lifestyle management. It helps kids lose weight and avoid the long-term risks of pre-diabetes and diabetes. Education for those at risk on these serious aspects of their health is especially helpful. As they begin to understand the serious issues and begin lose weight, it sets a whole cascade of positives into motion. Their metabolism, insulin, blood glucose and overall body function can begin to return to normal.
As you can imagine, getting kids on board with these adult concepts is a challenge. An effective program includes these elements:
- Integrating psychology and behavioral therapy into the approach – teaching kids how to accept themselves as they are, yet guiding them toward self-improvement so they learn self-control.
- Helping kids recognize their negative patterns, so they will choose a healthier option (grapes vs. potato chips).
- Educating kids on the effects of obesity on their bodies and their health, so they understand the repercussions.
With this behavioral and educational approach, kids are less likely to revert back to old patterns because they understand the root of their weight-gain pattern. It’s like teaching a man to fish instead of just handing him the fish.
Focus on Fun and Personal Attention
After effective treatment, a child’s self-esteem can improve, grades in school are better, the child is more sociable, and they’ve continued to lose weight. These kids typically lose four pounds every week while at camp, so they go home looking better and feeling better too.
Without doubt, a child can lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle when they receive the right counseling, direction, and inspiration. It’s so gratifying to see these kids become transformed within a short period of time and to see them live long, satisfying lives.