Should my child visit his/her doctor before starting the program?

Yes. Before starting any new diet or exercise plan it is best for anyone, regardless of age, to seek medical advice, especially those who are obese or have any chronic illness. Diabetics, asthmatics and anyone with a known medical condition should not participate in a weight management  program unless followed by a physician who approves the program in advance and closely monitors the patient.  Seek prompt medical attention for any specific medical problem or concern while on the program.