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Obesity in Adolescents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is obesity?

Obesity means your body mass index (BMI) is at or above the 95th percentile. BMI is your weight divided by height. The percentile compares your BMI with the BMIs of others your age. You are at greater risk for obesity if at least 1 of your parents has obesity. You can make changes now that will help you be healthy, active, and do the activities you enjoy more easily. These changes can also help you create healthy habits you can use for the rest of your life. Some changes might seem difficult at first. The more you stick with your plan, the easier it will become.

How can I be successful at losing weight?

How is obesity managed?

Even a small decrease in BMI can reduce the risk for many health problems. Your healthcare provider will work with you to set a weight-loss goal.

What eating changes can I make?

Healthy Foods

What activity changes can I make?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I or my parent call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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