Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Families, Healthy Children
Obesity is a disease that affects one in three adults and close to one in four children in Tennessee. 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 food that we eat and the amount of physical activity we get.
Vanderbilt's 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 the areas of nutrition, physical activity, media use, and sleep habits. We achieve the greatest success when the entire family is involved in making these changes together.
- The clinic is on the 8th floor of Doctors' Office Tower at Children’s Hospital.
- Your visit will last about one to two hours and includes an evaluation with a doctor or nurse practitioner and a registered dietitian. If not yet collected, we collect blood/urine to assess metabolic or hormonal conditions that can either contribute to or result from obesity. This information and your child's individualized treatment plan is sent to your child’s primary care provider to ensure coordinated care.
- Children are followed up as needed to check progress in achieving the goals that were set at the first visit. Follow-up visits typically last 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your child’s needs.
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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