Your Questions About Weight Loss For Teens

by Maricela on April 17, 2013

Robert asks…

When is the new season of too fat for fifteen fighting back coming back on?

I love that show,some of the stories and weight losses are inspiring please help and also will it have some of the last seasons teens?


Maricela answers:

These days, most tv shows have a website. Just type the name of the show into the search box on your home page, and the show’s website should be listed. Some of the info you are looking for (especially a start date for the new season) should be on the website.

Mandy asks…

Starting using Topamax. How common is the weight loss side effect?

I suffer from persistent migraines. I’m 15 years old and my doctor has recently prescribed me Topamax. She told me weight loss is a side effect and that I have to come in in about 6 months to check on my weight. How common is weight loss in teens while using this pill? Will the pill Imitrex push weight loss to occur even more? (My doctor put me on Imitrex as well.)

Maricela answers:

I got put on both of these as well! Its actually all about your dose. They warned me too and made a big fuss about having to get my weight checked because i had to get my dose upped a few times (ive been on the topamax about two years now)
the thing is, it can effect you, but it might not. Do you want to loose weight? At first I wanted to, but I had an ed, so you know. Im up to 200mg 2x a day (that wasnt my start though, I dont know what your on?) I felt pretty nauseous at first, but because I knew that I had to eat, I could, so I dont really think it has that much of an effect. Apparently for the weight loss to be a side effect, you have to be on the seizure dose (or the weight loss dose for obese people) and thats 600 or 800 mg 2x a day, depending on your starting weight. But my doctor still monitored me pretty carefully because i had an ed when i started, and i did notice i didnt crave anything really, i just ate because i knew it was time to eat. That might just be me though, because my metabolism is weird because of my ed and whatnot.

Anyway, it pretty much depends on your dose. The imitrex though does nothing to add to weight loss, thats not a daily medicine. It does have weird side effects though that actually bothered me alot more than the topomax, like my throat muscles would relax and id involuntarily move my head like a weirdo. Haha but they really work! Good luck!

Paul asks…

Why does anything having to do with weight loss have this?

On that show: ‘I used to be fat’ they had this message before the show started: all teens on this show were evaluated by a doctor before filming. please consult your doctor or local health care provider before starting any diet or exercise routine’. and when i started a gym, the pamphlet had the same kind of general message. and the exercise equipment there had the same message. and anything having to do with weight loss, it has that message. but why? i’m trying to myself and i’m fine and i never consulted a doctor. so why should anyone else?

Maricela answers:

Protect the producers and owners of gyms from lawsuits. Protects you from injuring yourself because of an undiagnosed illness or problem exacerbated by improper exercise/diet.

Mary asks…

What is the difference between Anorexia Nervosa and starvation?

I was recently reading about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment conducted in the 1940s, which involved a group of otherwise fit, healthy men having their caloric intake drastically reduced so as to test the effects of human starvation. Interestingly, after a certain period of time (and after significant weight loss), all of these men began to display typical eating-disordered behaviours. They developed body-image issues, over-exercised, obsessed over food, binged, purged, and reported feeling out of control and having low self-worth. ( – for anyone who’d like to read more!)
This got me thinking about Anorexia Nervosa and the cause behind it. Is it merely a biological response to starvation? Is curing it as simple as ‘eating more’? I was diagnosed with the illness several years ago and, although my weight has fluctuated during this time, the constant obsession and fixation on food and caloric intake has never wavered. If anything, when I’m at a higher weight, this intensifies even further due to the fact that I am aware that I have gained weight.

Maricela answers:

Anorexia nervosa is a complex eating disorder with three key features:

1.refusal to maintain a healthy body weight intense fear of gaining weight
3.a distorted body image
Because of your dread of becoming fat or disgusted with how your body looks, eating and mealtimes may be very stressful. And yet, what you can and can’t eat is practically all you can think about.
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person is obsessed with weight, body shape and food intake to the point of self-imposed starvation. Anorexia symptoms frequently develop over a period of years in women and men with certain genetic, emotional or life-experience predispositions. Anorexia most often develops in young women during the teenage years, but increasing reports cite symptoms of anorexia and other eating disorders in pre-teen girls and boys.

Donna asks…

How much does it cost for the pro- teen plan at Medical Weight Loss Center?

I want to lose 45 pounds and they said on the weight calculator that it would probably take 15 weeks to get rid of it. I already have my consultation free so if you do know don’t include that price. Thank you so much and please help I’ve been waiting for so long to lose the weight and now I’m ready to start! I need your help.

Maricela answers:

Hi, I tested this new diet supplement from They have a risk free trial on at the moment. What it does, is flush out your pipes, there can be as much as twenty lbs in there, and no degree of dieting and working out is going to get rid of it. Give it a try out – I did, and lost 17 lbs LOL!!!

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