Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Families, Healthy Children
There are many reasons 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.
We achieve the greatest success when families make changes together. Our weight management clinic provides patients and families with an individualized evaluation of the causes and complications of your child's obesity. We focus on behavior change techniques and work with families to develop a unique treatment plan that addresses nutrition, physical activity, media use, and sleep habits.
- The clinic is on the 8th floor of Doctors' Office Tower in Children’s Hospital.
- A typical new visit is 60 to 90 minutes and includes an evaluation with a doctor or nurse practitioner and a registered dietitian. If not yet collected, we may 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 40 minutes.
- When you leave the clinic visit, you will have goals for nutrition and physical activity to begin working right away.
- We send a copy of these goals and a clinic note to your child’s primary care doctor to coordinate care.
Children between the ages of 2 and 17 that have either
- A 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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