Jul 12, 2013 10:20 AM by Marissa Torres
Teenage obesity is a term we hear all too often, but it's not necessarily the easiest thing for a parent to discuss with their overweight child.
One Southern Colorado clinic is helping generate the conversation.
The Metabolic Research Clinic in Colorado Springs works with about a dozen teens who want to change their unhealthy habits.
health experts there say it's more than focusing on the numbers on a scale.
it's about making serious life style changes.
more than 11 percent of Colorado teens are considered overweight, 7 percent are obese.
Even though that's still under the national average, it's a concern. Trainer Greg Benton says most children provide subtle hints they're struggling and want to make changes. He says the best approach is just to talk.
"Don't pressure your children, have an open discussion with them, but there's no pressing them, and you don't want to put high expectations, or really even expectations of weight loss on them. The most important thing is making healthy changes."
News 5 sat down with one of Greg's 13 year old clients,who wanted to remain anonymous. He says he's lost 30 pounds, is more active than ever, and completely re-vamped his diet- now including more fruits and veggies.