Teenagers using dietary supplements to lose weight, gain weight or build muscle could be putting themselves at risk for serious harm and even death. That's according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health , which looked at reports of health problems that occurred after kids, teens or young adults took vitamins or supplements. The analysis included cases that had been reported to the Food and Drug Administration between and The study authors identified such cases, 40 percent of which involved trips to an emergency room, hospitalization, disability or death.
Healthy Weight Gain for Teens: A Guide for Parents
How Children Can Gain Weight Healthily
Many athletes actively seek changes in body weight in hopes of improving athletic performance. In some sports, such as wrestling , gymnastics , dancing , and running , athletes and coaches associate optimal performance with a relatively low body mass. In other sports, particularly contact and collision sports, such as football , increased body mass is often encouraged. Athletes interested in losing or gaining weight should discuss strategies for healthy weight loss or weight gain with their doctor. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about healthy weight loss or weight gain for the young athlete.
Promoting Healthy Weight Gain In Your Underweight Teen: A Guide for Parents
Weight loss is a serious issue in the United States. Consumers constantly see advertisements and news reports on trendy diets, flashy products, and magic pills promising to help them lose weight. But the reality is that being underweight can cause health problems.
For teens who struggle with their weight, it can be easy for them — and their parents — to fret about the number they see on the bathroom scale. But a new set of guidelines says parents can help their teens by taking the focus off what they weigh and instead encouraging good eating habits. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services.