Valley Medical Weight Loss in Tempe, Phoenix, and Glendale, AZ, offers weight loss for youths ages 12 and up.
- Youth Program w/Benzphetamine $100/month
- Youth Program w/Semaglutide starting at $200/month
Our Youth Program includes a month’s supply of the following:
Youths may be eligible for an appetite suppressant named Benzphetamine. This medication is FDA-approved for ages 12 and up. It is up to the discretion of the physician to determine eligibility for each patient. Patients will need to qualify for all appetite medications based on medical history and BMI. At the age of 16, youths are eligible for an FDA-approved medication named Phentermine.
Semaglutide has been shown to have some additional benefits for the following diseases:
Heart Disease / High Blood Pressure / Inflammation /Blood Sugar / Obesity
Losing weight in youth can reduce many health risks that come with obesity including:
Heart Disease / Diabetes/ High Blood Pressure / Inflammation / Shorter Life Span
More than 30 percent of American children are obese or overweight. This is triple the number than in 1980. Poor nutrition is everywhere; only 2% of school-age children consistently eat well. Kids are less active overall due to today’s fast-paced but sedentary lifestyles. 35% of school-age children watch an average of 5 or more hours of TV on a school day. Studies show overweight kids miss school 4 times as much as normal weight kids. Low-income and minority children are most seriously at risk.
Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. A child who is overweight or obese is more likely to be overweight or obese as an adult. Obese children are now developing health problems that used to be seen only in adults. When these problems begin in childhood, they often become more severe when the child becomes an adult.
A few extra pounds does not suggest obesity. However, it may indicate a tendency to gain weight easily and a need for changes in diet and/or exercise. Generally, a child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10 percent higher than what is recommended for their height and body type. Obesity most commonly begins between the ages of 5 and 6, or during adolescence. Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult.
Child and adolescent obesity is also associated with increased risk of emotional problems. Teens with weight problems tend to have much lower self-esteem, are less popular with their peers, and are more likely to be teased or bullied. Depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder can also occur.
Obese children need a thorough medical evaluation by a pediatrician or family physician to consider the possibility of a physical cause. In the absence of a physical disorder, the only way to lose weight is to reduce the number of calories being eaten and to increase the level of physical activity. Lasting weight loss can only occur when there is self-motivation. Since obesity often affects more than one family member, making healthy eating and regular exercise a family activity can improve the chances of successful weight control for the child or adolescent.
The physician encourages weekly visits into our offices for blood pressure checks and to weigh the patient to document progress. During these follow-up visits, the parent or legal guardian may sign a release form so the youth may continue to be treated by the physician without the parent or legal guardian present. Because the patient is a youth and under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian on the first visit. Parents or legal guardians will be required to attend with minors in our office every 12 weeks or as requested by our physician. If a minor has been absent from our clinic for 90 days or longer, or the physician wishes to change the minor's medication, the parent must attend the visit with the minor.
Our weight loss clinic, recently named Best of the Desert for Weight Loss 2022, is a top destination for patients seeking a comfortable, hassle-free experience where they don’t have to feel judged or intimidated. Our affordable programs help to improve quality of life and restore self-confidence, which is essential when it comes to our younger patients. We believe every person deserves to feel secure, at ease, and empowered in their body, and we offer state-of-the-art solutions to achieve each client’s individual goals for transformation.
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Hours for Tempe, Phoenix, Glendale Weight Loss Services
M, Tues, Thurs, F: 9am-4:30pm
Wed, Sun: Closed
Medspa: By appointment only