What Our Clinic Provides for Patients and Families
Vandebilt's Pediatric Weight Management Clinic provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of obesity. This includes evaluating for possible underlying or associated medical conditions. The clinic is the first point of referral for the majority of overweight patients, including those who are considering bariatric surgery. We welcome patients from 2 to 17 years.
There are many reasons why children become overweight and obese. Most commonly, it is due to amount and types of food that we eat and the amount of exercise that we get. Genetics and illnesses that affect our hormones can cause obesity, but that is rare.
Our team of experts can help determine the cause of the obesity. We also love working with patients and families to develop strategies and to provide support for making healthy changes.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
We see new patients on the 8th floor of Doctors' Office Tower. The first visit lasts about 3 hours and includes an evaluation with a doctor or nurse practitioner, physical therapist and registered dietitian. During this time, we will get to know each other as we work together to develop an individualized plan.
Return patients are mainly seen at the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health and Wellness. This is a medically-based fitness center located across the street from the Children's Hospital. Return patients see the medical provider and dietitian as well as an exercise specialist. You may have the opportunity to use the indoor track and fitness area during your visit. We are excited about the opportunity to take you (and our office) to the gym! We are also piloting some group physical activities and cooking classes at this site.
We offer group visits for new and return patients. These visits consist of a variety of group skill-building activities, including interactive learning, physical activity and cooking classes, as well as an individualized assessment by our team (medical provider, registered dietician, and physical therapist or exercise specialist). Individual appointments are available upon request.
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