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).

  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 Visitiors

   To make an appointment, please contact your child's doctor for a referral to our office.  Most insurance pans 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 Visitiors tab and click on locations and then click Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital for the complete office information.