Weight loss camps reduce the possibility for a person to develop diabetes. Researchers found that obese teens do not need to lose large amounts of weight in order to lower their risk of developing diabetes. Teens whom reduced their body mass-index by 8% or more had shown improvements in insulin sensitivity and an important risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Lorraine Levitt Katz, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Diabetes Center for Children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia stated in a news release, “this threshold effect that occurs at 8 percent suggests that obese adolescents don’t need to lose enormous amounts of weight to achieve improvements.” She also mentioned, “the improvements in insulin sensitivity occurred after four months of participating in a lifestyle-modification program.”
113 teens from ages 13 to 17 were included in this study. Their average BMI at the start was 37.1 and people with a BMI of 35 to 40 are classified to be severely obese. None of the teens had type 2 diabetes are the beginning of the study, but with their weight they would have a high risk of the disease in the future. However, attending weight loss camp can help them have lower risks of the diseases.
In the study, the teens were put on a weight loss program that had family based lifestyle changes. The teens and their parents were taught about healthy eating habits and were encouraged to be more active. The families attending weekly group counseling sessions and the parents were encouraged to help support their children’s lifestyle change and to become healthy role models.
At weight loss camps children and teens are encouraged to become more active and to eat healthier. While being encouraged to eat healthier campers are also learning about healthy eating and portion control. Parents are encourage to support what their kids have learned during their stay at a weight loss camp because it would benefit them for the rest of their lives.
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