WW for Teens

Here's what 13-to 17-year-olds should know.

Welcome to WW! You’ve just done something really great for yourself. Get ready to feel stronger, healthier, and proud of what your body can do. 

Because our Digital membership is designed for adults 18 and over, you’ll attend WW Workshops at a WW Studio. Each week you’ll learn a new technique to help you eat better, move more, and stress less. Try any or all—it’s up to you. Plus, you’ll have a team by your side who’s been there and really gets it. (Your parent or guardian will need to sign you up at a Studio—see the “Hey, parents” section below.)

 

Find a Studio near you

 

Important:

 

  • To join, you need to be at least 13 years old, with a BMI greater than or equal to the 95th percentile. (Your doctor can tell you what your BMI is.)

  • You’ll need to check in with your doctor every three months. This is to make sure you're losing weight at a healthy rate and help you set a weight goal for the next three months.  

  • You’ll get a different daily SmartPoints Budget than adults. It takes into consideration the extra calories you need for growth and development. 

  • We've designed the program to help you lose weight at a healthy rate—around 1 pound a month since you’re still growing taller. That may not sound like much but steadily losing a small amount of weight—or even simply maintaining your weight while you are still growing—really adds up.

 

 

Even more important:

 

If you’re struggling with symptoms of anorexia or bulimia, WW isn’t right for you. Please reach out to your doctor or an adult you trust. They can help you get the support you need. The National Eating Disorders Association is a great place to learn more on your own and get advice on how to ask for help.

 

Get-started move: Ace the food court

 

Use this guide to find picks at the mall that fit into your SmartPoints® budget. Tip: Screenshot this list so that you can pull it up on your phone.

 

  • Sbarro Greek salad: 3 SmartPoints value

  • The Cheesecake Factory Skinnylicious Tuscan chicken with vegetables: 4 SmartPoints​

  • Starbucks Egg white and red pepper sous-vide bites: 5 SmartPoints​

  • Panera Bread Turkey chili (cup): 5 SmartPoints​​​

  • Jamba Juice Great greens juice (12 fl oz): 5 SmartPoints​

  • Subway Fresh fit 6’’ turkey breast on 9-grain roll: 6 SmartPoints​

  • P.F. Chang’s Ginger chicken with broccoli: 7 SmartPoints​

  • Auntie Anne’s: Original pretzel: 12 SmartPoints (but they’re big enough to share)​

 

One more thing...
 

Making the decision to join WW and to lose weight is a big step—and we know it’s not always easy. Some days you’ll think “I’ve got this!” Other days… not so much. It’s easy to bully or blame yourself when things don’t go like you want them to. One way to stop it?  Treat yourself like a friend. 

We tend to be harder on ourselves than we are to other people—which doesn’t actually help. (Would you talk to a friend the way you talk to yourself?) But self-compassion is really powerful. When you accept that no one is perfect and skip the self-judgment, you’re more likely to reach your goals.

Try this: Think of a time when you felt bad about yourself. What did you think and say to yourself. Now imagine a close friend is talking negatively about themselves. What would you say to them?

It was different, right? The next time you’re struggling, imagine you’re talking to a friend—and see what happens.

We can't wait to see you at your next Workshop! 

 

Hey, parents!

 

You’ll need to provide a note from your teen’s doctor that gives them permission to join WW. The note should include their current BMI percentile and weight-loss goal for their first three months, based on what you, your child, and their doctor think is a reasonable amount of weight to lose. We generally expect teens to lose no more than 1 pound each month since they are still growing. You’ll also need to sign the Health Release (provided by your WW Studio team) when you register them.