Children's Mercy helping teens on weight loss journey

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City, Kan., teenager is determined to lose weight and getting help from the Promoting Health in Teens program at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Nathan Del Rio is 13 years old and is in the 8th grade at Turner Middle School. He said he has always struggled with his weight and has tried many times unsuccessfully to lose weight.

"I just didn't have the motivation to do it and I would give up," Nathan said. "Then I grew up and I wanted to fit into more clothes and different clothes so I decided it would be better if I lost some more weight.”

So, Nathan and his family went to the Weight Management Center at Children's Mercy Hospital where the doctor referred them to the 18-week PHIT Kids program.

The teenager's parents and other siblings also participate in the weight-loss program. They individually keep food and activity diaries and encourage each other to be healthy. Every week, they attend classes and weighs-in. Nathan heads to exercise class and the parents attend nutrition class.

"We've been changing a lot of things and it's good," Nathan's mother Sandra said. "We don't eat out as much and that means we're saving money; but we spend more time grocery shopping and cooking at home.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese which puts them at greater risk for heart disease later in life.

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