Vanderbilt Obesity Behavior Consult Clinic
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 Obestiy Behavior Consult Clinic is on the 8th floor of Doctors' Office Tower at Children’s Hospital.
Both you and your referring physician must contact us prior to an appointment.
A typical new visit takes 60 to 90 minutes. It includes an evaluation with a doctor or nurse practitioner and a registered dietitian. If not yet collected, we may test blood and urine to check metabolic or hormonal conditions that contribute to or result from obesity.
Follow-up visits will help your child stay on track for weight loss goals. These visits typically last 30 to 40 minutes.
You will leave the clinic visit with goals for nutrition and physical activity. We send a copy of these goals and a clinic note to your child’s primary care doctor to coordinate care.
Is your child eligible for a consultation at our Obesity Behavior Clinic. He or she must be between the ages of 2 and 17 and have
- 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 BMI greater than the 99th percentile
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