Penn State Health 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).
Services Offered at our Program:
- Provide an evaluation of pediatric obesity and related medical problems under medical supervision
- Develop a realistic nutrition plan fro children and their families
- Create an activity plan for children and their families
- Help patients change behavior to create a healthier lifestyle
- Give adequate time to patients and parents to discuss their concerns
- Please see our suggestions under the Patient Resources tab in the section "For Patients and Visitors."
To make an appointment, please contact your child's doctor for a referral to our office. Most insurance plans will cover appointments to our providers. You can call us at 717-531-8674 to schedule your appointment. Please go to the For Patients and Visitors tab and click on locations and then click Penn State Children's Hospital for the complete office information.
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