Conditions We Treat
Empowered Wellness is a scientifically sound, evidence-based cognitive-behavioral weight loss and fitness program that complements the medical treatment of health conditions commonly found in overweight and obese kids, teens and young adults.
Our goal is to provide the most effective clinically-based immersive treatment available anywhere for adolescent obesity.
Extensive research has found that healthy lifestyle change can often help reduce symptoms of obesity-related conditions in teens and young adults, including:
- Pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- High cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid levels
- Food addiction, emotional eating and other dysfunctional food-related behaviors
Our camps draw on the best scientific and clinical research available into the causes and treatments for childhood obesity, integrating expertise in weight management, behavioral theory, nutrition, food addiction and more.
This data reveals that our weight is the complex result of biochemical reactions, evolutionary behaviors, thoughts, feelings and actions, plus the influence of external factors. That's why the weight often finds its way back on if the number on the scale is the sole focus.
With this in mind, we designed our weight loss camp program to comprehensively address all of those factors.
If your teenage or college-age son or daughter is significantly overweight or obese, it's important to take action quickly -- as long as it's the right kind of action.
People of all ages who are overweight tend to keep gaining weight. Stopping this spiral early gives your child the confidence, know-how and life skills to take control of their health and happiness throughout their lives.
But the right answer isn't nagging, punishment, extreme food restriction or excessive exercise.
Weight is complex. The best, most successful weight loss programs for kids, teens and young adults combine these approaches:
- Sensible and realistic changes in nutrition strategies and physical activity level
- Practical, positive life skills to overcome obstacles that can derail a healthy routine
Best of all, early help can restore your child's happiness and self-esteem. Statistically, achieving a healthier weight is associated with higher rates of high school and college graduation, marriage, and successful employment.
Food and Eating Addiction
People at every age recognize the feeling that "Once I start eating, I can't stop."
Or "I found myself in front of the fridge and suddenly I'd eaten the whole thing."
It can feel hopeless and frustrating: our conscious minds tell us to do one thing, yet we find ourselves doing something completely different that feels out of our control.
In fact, the explanation is biological. It's not just about willpower or motivation. Scientific evidence shows us that foods indeed trigger a biochemical reaction in our bodies.
For example, rats given sugary drinks in studies wanted more and more. And brain researchers have found that eating sugar increases our tolerance for yet more sugar -- while affecting the hormones that regulate happiness.
They've also found that the brain's reward circuits tend to respond more strongly to sugary foods in people who are overweight or obese.
So while food addiction isn't officially a medical diagnosis yet, it clearly can affect our health and how we think and feel.
Fortunately, brain plasticity -- the ability of our brains to change for the better -- makes it possible to change our responses to food.
The Empowered Wellness program features "brain re-training" techniques that give teenagers and young adults the life skills to deal with eating addictions.
Pre-Diabetes/Type 2 Diabetes
If your teenage or college-age son or daughter is pre-diabetic or has a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, Empowered Wellness can help.
Achievable, down-to-earth changes in nutrition and activity level combined with practical, positive life skills can often help blood sugar levels quickly return to normal.
In many cases, kids can minimize and potentially eliminate the need for otherwise lifelong medical treatment.