Inspiring teens to revolutionize their health and chase their dreams through positivity and the power of choice!

Inspiring teens to revolutionize their health and chase their dreams through positivity and the power of choice!

EXPERTISE, COMPASSION & FUN!

When you work with Karla Lester M.D.(she/her/hers), you get results. Not only is she a rockstar, board-certified pediatrician and professionally certified life coach with decades of experience, but she also uses her own weight loss journey as fuel for helping teens succeed — and making it fun! After years of creating community solutions for children’s health, she is bringing all of what works to create IME Community.
Imagine what you could achieve with
Dr. Karla on your team!

Dr. Lester is a passionate advocate for children’s health, with a longstanding commitment to addressing the childhood obesity epidemic at the community, state, and national levels. She has worked tirelessly to develop and implement innovative approaches with an emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyles for children and adolescents. Dr. Lester’s commitment and creativity in this work is inspiring – and much needed if we are to meet the critical challenge of childhood obesity.

-Timothy Nelson, Ph.D

Child Health Researcher and former Teach a Kid to Fish Board Member

LET’S MEET IN THE MIDDLE – My Philosopy

There is an urgent need to address obesity as a chronic disease requiring treatment without stigmatization.

American teens with over-weight currently have two options:

1. Accept your current weight and stay stuck in the cycle of wanting to lose weight

2. Enter healthcare systems focused mostly on profits, where teens are guided to the bariatric pathway.

For the U.S. teen population, both options create more shame and stigma.

As a community pediatrician and life & weight coach for teens, who has spent nearly two decades of my career addressing the childhood obesity epidemic on every level and has taken care of many children and teens with severe comorbidities, I welcome a new approach. What if we started to meet in the middle?

• Listen to what’s happening in healthcare, specifically primary care.

• Promote positive body image through self-acceptance and compassion no matter what their weight.

• Ask permission to talk about weight and BMI with both the parent and the child or teen.

• Screen for all potential comorbidities and dispense information based on their specific results.

• Meet your patients in the middle by focusing on the most helpful and effective dietary intervention.

There is an urgent need to address obesity as a chronic disease requiring treatment without stigmatization.

American teens with over-weight currently have two options:

1. Accept your current weight and stay stuck in the cycle of wanting to lose weight

2. Enter healthcare systems focused mostly on profits, where teens are guided to the bariatric pathway.

For the U.S. teen population, both options create more shame and stigma.

As a community pediatrician and life & weight coach for teens, who has spent nearly two decades of my career addressing the childhood obesity epidemic on every level and has taken care of many children and teens with severe comorbidities, I welcome a new approach. What if we started to meet in the middle?

• Listen to what’s happening in healthcare, specifically primary care.

• Promote positive body image through self-acceptance and compassion no matter what their weight.

• Ask permission to talk about weight and BMI with both the parent and the child or teen.

• Screen for all potential comorbidities and dispense information based on their specific results.

• Meet your patients in the middle by focusing on the most helpful and effective dietary intervention.

IME COMMUNITY VALUES

EXPERIENCE

Life and weight coach Karla Lester M.D. uses compassion and expertise to help teens transform their health. She’s channeled her decades of experience into a holistic, teen-focused weight loss platform that emphasizes the power of choice.

EMPOWERMENT

Having low confidence can make being a teen even more challenging. Karla Lester M.D. gives you all the tools to love and accept yourself. With IME Community’s connected health model, you’ll gain independence and learn to take charge of your life.

HEALTH 

 Weight shouldn’t be a barrier to unlocking your full potential. By retraining the brain to embrace positive change, you’ll feel self-driven and motivated to maintain a balanced relationship with food, live an active lifestyle and achieve all your goals. 

 

COMMUNITY

Through our web-based platform, IME Community promotes acceptance and encouragement for all teens. From the podcast, to the subscription, to the coaching sessions, Dr. Karla helps you create results with support from a like-minded group.

WHAT TO EXPECT 

TEENS

We’ll be real with you — at IME Community, we trust you to make your own choices because only you can determine your future. Our goal is to inspire you with all the tools, resources and motivation you need to succeed, but it’s up to you to apply your newfound knowledge in real-world situations. Think of it this way: we give you the training wheels before you ride the bike on your own. You should also expect to have tons of fun while getting support from an awesome community full of teens just like you, where you can learn to love yourself while achieving your goals!

PARENTS

Parents, we expect you to strike a balance between providing constant support for your teen without being overbearing. We want to evoke personal growth in your child, both mentally and physically, that leads to a permanently improved outlook on their overall health. We’ll give them everything they need to thrive while making losing weight fun, but it’s your job to help them help themselves in the real world. As far as commitment, we offer three levels and many free resources that are accessible 24/7. Let’s find a solution that works for you, your teen and your family!

DOCTORS

Are you a doctor or healthcare provider who wants to help teens struggling with their weight and body image? Check out the article above and then download IME CommunityRx to give to your teen patients. By encouraging your teen patients to join IME Community, we can meet in the middle and work together to help teens revolutionize their health and follow their dreams. Sign up for the IME Community e-mail list to stay up to date and if you are a doctor who wants to level up, then join the ActivistMD Network by emailing Dr.Karla, Activist MD.

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