Kids today simply do not get as much exercise as the kids in generations past. Most of this has to do with the fact that technology has had a big hand in this with all the different computer games, the game systems, all of the virtual reality situations that kids have open to them, they basically don't have to leave home unless it's for school. Another reason is that their diets are simply horrible. So you combine this with the lack of exercise and what do you get? Too much unwanted weight.
So the most important thing for those teens who are carrying around to much weight is to understand that they need to change their diets. The first thing they can do is cut back or stop drinking all the pop they drink and switch to more natural things like fruit juice or, get this, water. Water, something kids probably don't even consider drinking, the elixir of life. You need to put more of that in your teen's diet.
Another thing that might be done is to cut down on the intake of meat in their diets. For instance they should have a light breakfast without meat and instead either have a bowl of healthy cereal or some toast and eggs, forget the sausage or bacon. For lunches encourage them to eat more salads, fresh veggies and fruits. For dinner if you must have meat then consider baking it and not frying it and also make sure that you include fish instead of meat often. Then add a nice vegetable and a salad or fruit and you have a healthy yet low calorie meal.
Another thing that needs to be done and that's change your teen's snacking habits as well. Teens tend to be attracted more to the high fat and high calories snacks like chips, candy bars, donuts, etc. Instead make sure that they have a lot of different kinds of granola bars, crackers and cheese, as well as carrot and celery sticks on hand for them to eat.
As a parent you need to understand that the best way that you are going to be able to help your teen with their overweight problem is by changing their diet and you can do this since you are probably the main person that buys the food and prepares it. They may not like the changes but they will eventually realize they're not going to get anything else. Besides when they start seeing some of the weight come off, it will be a lot easier for them to accept the diet change.
Help your child learn self control. This is the only way that they will be able to stick with the diet you put them on. Tell them to try and not think about what they use to eat but instead try to find the things in the new diet that are delicious too and have them concentrate on those items.
Encourage your teen to get out and exercise. If that means to just go outside and take a walk with you or with one of their friends, then encourage them to do so. Maybe deliberately forget something at the store and then ask them to walk to the store to go get it for you. Make sure however not to give them too much extra cash if any because you don't want them to be tempted to get something to eat on the way back that they shouldn't be eating.
Get them into sports or an exercise program at a community center that might be just for teens. Or you might even see if there are some teen programs at your local gym and get them involved in a beginner program with other kids that may have a weight problem as well.
Make sure that your teen is taking all the vitamins that they need in order to maintain a healthy balance in their body. This is especially important if you have put them on a diet you should include multi-vitamins, B vitamins and even garlic. All of these things combined with a healthy diet will help them lose weight.