Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Families, Healthy Children
There are many reasons why children become obese. While genetics play a role, the most common cause is an imbalance in the amounts and types of foods they eat and how much they stay active.
Vanderbilt's Pediatric Weight Management Clinic provides patients and families with an individualized evaluation of the causes and complications of your child's obesity. We offer a unique treatment plan focusing on behavior change techniques in nutrition, physical activity, media use, and sleep habits. We achieve the greatest success when families make changes together.
- The clinic is on the 8th floor of Doctors' Office Tower at Children’s Hospital.
- A typical visit is one to two hours and includes an evaluation with a doctor or nurse practitioner and a registered dietitian. If not yet collected, we test blood/urine to check metabolic or hormonal conditions that contribute to or result from obesity.
- Follow-up visits help your child stay on track for weight loss goals. These follow-up visits typically last 30 to 60 minutes.
- A treatment plan is sent to your child’s primary care doctor to coordinate care.
Patients eligible for services:
- Children between the ages of 2 and 17
- Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than the 95th percentile with a comorbidity (such as high blood pressure, liver disease, diabetes, lipid disorder, sleep apnea, etc)
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than the 99th percentile
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