Remember, it's OK to ask for help and assistance. The path to good health, even at young age, isn't always an easy one. So please, talk about this at any time with your doctor, even if he or she does not bring the topic up at your routine visits. Simply mention that you would like to talk about ways to lose weight/eat healthier/get more exercise and your doctor will help you set goals to get there.
When asked about advice for ways to get healthier, Dr. Curi, from Torrington, CT, says that it depends. First he figures out your goal (Are you playing football and trying to gain weight in a healthy way? Are you a runner trying to lose weight? Is your motivation simply that you want to lose or gain weight for better health?) Regardless of your motive, Dr. Curi recommends the 5-2-1-0 message with an emphasis on avoiding drinks with calories and eating plants and protein at every meal.