Is There A Safe Diet Or Safe Diet Pill For Teens?

Published: June 18, 2014
Dear Is There A Safe Diet Or Safe Diet Pill For Teens?,

Hello i am 14 years old and im wondering if there is a safe diet for my age or if there is a safe dieting pill thank you!

Dear Is There A Safe Diet Or Safe Diet Pill For Teens?,

There are no specific diets that are recommended for young adults and diet pills should definitely be avoided. 

If weight loss is your goal, first meet with your doctor and see if you actually need to lose weight.  Many times teens may feel they need to lose weight, when in fact they are at a normal and healthy weight.  Your doctor will be able to help guide you in lifestyle changes if weight loss is appropriate and help monitor your progress as rapid weight loss is also dangerous that can lead to such things as heart problems, malnutrition and dehydration.

TeenHealthFX recommends changes in lifestyle behaviors to maintain a good health.  This includes a healthy, balanced diet with a wide variety of foods, including protein, fats, and carbohydrates.  The answer to Eating Healthy can help guide you.  Being active for 30 to 60 minutes a day is also important for a healthy lifestyle.  This can include walking, jogging, biking or any other sports.  Limiting screen time is also important for teens.  Spending no more than 2 hours a day combined on television, video games, computers, tablets or phone is recommended.

Diet pills are NOT a healthy or recommended way to lose weight.  Ingredients in diet pills are not regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and can be dangerous to teens.  Side effects can include heart problems, difficulty breathing, shakiness, malnutrition, difficulty sleeping, and rapid weight gain once off diet pills. 

Again, it is important to speak to your doctor about weight goals and healthy behaviors such as healthy eating and exercise.  If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.