Welcome to Penn State Hershey Pediatric Weight Management

The Pediatric Weight Loss Program is a multi-disciplinary weight management program designed by a physician and registered dietitian to meet the specific needs of overweight children and teens.

  • Excessive weight is the most prevalent nutritional disease among children and adolescents in the United States.
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70-80% chance of becoming overweight adults. More people are now overweight than they were 15 years ago.
  • Obesity is defined as a generalized accumulation of body fat. It is determined by measuring both height and weight of the child to calculate a Body Mass Index (BMI).  A BMI percentile compares a child's BMI to his/her peers.
  • A child or adolescent is considered obese if she or he is significantly over the ideal weight for the child’s height (BMI > 95th percentile).

  • Availability of high-calorie snack foods
  • Parent’s attitudes towards food
  • Increase in consumption of fast foods
  • Using food as a reward or to change behaviors
  • Lack of regular activity or exercise
  • Increase in television watching or computer/video game
  • Not knowing how to eat healthy
  • Heredity (the size of parents and other family members)