(KCEN) -- The American Heart Association is asking doctors use the power of social media to help obese kids lose weight.
New information shows online weight loss tools are successful in helping overweight children and teens lose weight .
The only caveat is parents need to be involved and interact with their child's online counselor on a regular basis.
Experts say virtual support networks can work as well as those in the real world.
And because most teens are Internet savvy, this could be the best way to have a positive impact on their waistline.