Weigh Smart, a program to battle childhood obesity

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Tampa, FL-- 12.5 million children and teens in the United States are obese, and that's putting kids at risk for diseases that only adults used to get. 

Devin Wair, 14, has struggled with his weight since he was a toddler, and now he's battling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pre-diabetes.

However, thanks to the very popular Weigh Smart program at a Maryland hospital, Devin is working to turn his life around. He and others suffering from obesity receive exercise and education over a 10 week period. 

This program and others like it are imperative to future generations.  

"Our kids are the first generation of kids that might not outlive their parents because of obesity," says Michelle Demule-Hayes of Weigh Smart.

While Devin says some days are harder than others, he has finished his 10 weeks and is now 20 pounds lighter.

With the help of his doctors and family, Devin hopes to get his weight below 200 pounds in the coming year.

The program is open to children ages 8 to 17 years old, and there is even a junior program for children as young as two.