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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