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Overweight and Obesity

Why Exercise Is Wise
Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help you to feel better emotionally. Find out why.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
In polycystic ovary syndrome, the ovaries produce higher than normal amounts of certain hormones, which can interfere with egg development and release. Learn how doctors diagnose and treat PCOS.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
About 1 in 5 Americans has high blood pressure. Although it's more common in adults, hypertension can occur at any age.

How Can I Lose Weight Safely?
Lots of people are unhappy with their present weight, but aren't sure how to change it - or even if they need to. Get the facts on weight loss here.

What Is Cholesterol?
Before you start chomping on those cheese fries or that greasy burger, you might want to take a closer look at whether you're getting too much cholesterol.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
One of the biggest questions guys and girls have as they grow and develop is whether they're the right weight. One place to start is by learning about body mass index, or BMI.

When Being Overweight Is a Health Problem
A couple of pounds of extra body fat are not a health risk for most people. But when people are severely overweight, it can cause health problems.

What Can I Do About Overeating?
See what the experts have to say.

Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It?
Teens with type 2 diabetes and have to pay close attention to what they eat and do.

Is the Alli Diet Pill Right for Me?
If you're in your teens, the Alli diet pill isn't the weight-loss miracle you may be looking for.

About Overweight and Obesity
We use the words "oveweight" and "obese" a lot, but they actually have medical meanings. Find out how doctors diagnose these conditions and what they mean for a person's health.

Dealing With Feelings When You're Overweight
If a person is obese or struggling with extra weight, it can add to the emotional ups and downs of being a teen. Get some tips on coping here.

Exercise Log
Keeping an exercise log is a great way to stay motivated and reach exercise goals.

Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery works. But it's serious stuff, both physically and emotionally. Find out about different weight loss surgery options for teens.

Healthy Weight: Your Personal Plan
Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows it can be a struggle. The best way to lose weight is to focus on making small, specific changes that are easy to stick with in the long run. Use our plan to get there!

Emotional Eating
We've all eaten a whole bag of chips out of boredom or while cramming for a big test. Learn more about emotional eating, and how to manage it, in this article for teens.

Food Journal
A food journal can help us track our eating as well as see connections between our feelings and food.

Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a signal that someone could be on the road to serious health problems. Find out more about it in this article for teens.

Acanthosis Nigricans
Acanthosis nigricans, or AN, is a darkening and thickening of the skin that can be a sign of certain other medical conditions. Find out more.

Will My Monthly Cycle Go Back to Normal With PCOS Treatment?
Find out what the experts have to say.

It Looks Like There's Dirt on My Skin That Won't Wash Off. What's Going On?
Find out what the experts have to say.

Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video)
Brandon, 17, has lost 70 pounds through better eating and exercise. In this video he talks about what inspired him and how he stayed on track.

Weight Loss Surgery: Stacie's Story (Video)
After struggling with weight her whole life, Stacie decided to look into weight loss surgery in her late teens. Here's her story.

Weight Management: Strength Training Exercises (Video)
These videos guide teens through basic strength training exercises. Anyone can do these exercises, and they work well as part of a weight-loss plan.

Go, Slow, and Whoa! A Quick Guide to Healthy Eating
Looking for an easy way to eat healthier? This article provides tips on choosing the right foods - and an easy-to-follow chart to guide you.

Managing Your Weight
Has your doctor told you to lose weight? Get ideas on food, fitness, and staying motivated. We've also got weight management tools and recipes designed just for teens.

Therapy and Weight Management
Losing weight can feel like a challenge, no matter how much we want it. It can sometimes seem like our minds are working against us. That's where weight-management counselors can help.