U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A member asked:

Can a 12 take diet pills she has no medical problems she had ashama when she was a child , she weight about 195lbs

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
195lbs : 195lbs is heavy for a female of any age and i'm glad that you are interested in addressing the problem. Diet pills often do not work, nor are they safe - especially for a child. If she is having difficulty with her weight, you should schedule an appointment with her doctor to discuss. A healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and skim milk along with daily exercise is the best way for anyone to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Eliminating fast food, soda, juice, fried foods and sweets is important, too. Studies show that children are most successful with weight loss when the whole family participates in following a healthy lifestyle together.
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Should not take: A teenager, regardless of allergy, should not be on diet pills. She should be on a reasonable diet, preferably with the the help of a pediatric dietician, regular aerobic exercise (including dance, martial arts), eliminating soda pop, fried food, sweets and tv time. If necessary, a family dietary program may be necessary. If asthma interferes with exercise, she needs to see an asthma specialist.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Aug 22, 2017

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.