Pediatric Weight Loss Management Program - Patient Care and Treatment

Pediatric Weight Loss Management Program - Patient Care and Treatment

Learn about children’s weight loss and obesity care and treatment at Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Weight Loss Management Program. 

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717-531-8674

Quality care from an expert team

Obesity is a complicated health problem that has many causes. The Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Weight Loss Management Program cares for overweight and obese children and teens from ages 15 months to 21 years.

Our team of doctors provides care in our office. Depending on your child’s and your family’s needs, we may refer you to a dietician or therapist if needed.

Our program’s success greatly relies on you and your family supporting your child. We’ll share advice to improve your child's health, such as eating healthier and getting more physical activity.

We focus on helping you and your child:

  • Make healthier food choices
  • Reduce portion sizes
  • Be more active
  • Make positive behavior changes

Our goal is to improve your child’s overall health. That not only includes weight loss, but also reducing the risk of other weight-related health problems, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes and blood sugar issues

What to expect at your first visit

On your child’s first visit to our Pediatric Weight Loss Management Program, a doctor or physician assistant will:

  • Take a complete personal and family history
  • Examine your child
  • Review lab tests (ordered by your child’s regular doctor)

All of this helps us find any health or weight-related problems, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Fatty liver
  • Sleep apnea

During your visit, we’ll suggest ways to reduce portion sizes and be more active. This first visit will last about an hour and does NOT include shots.

Nutrition counseling

Treatment focuses on changing your child’s diet. After talking about your child’s current eating habits with your doctor, we’ll provide a personalized meal plan. Families may meet privately with a registered dietitian to discuss how to start and maintain the meal plan. Group sessions to improve cholesterol are also available.

Physical activity training

Exercise is a large part of all weight loss programs. Our program recommends a combination of more physical activity and less inactive activities, including TV, video games, computer games, etc.

Here are some basic guidelines:

  • All children and teens should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Slowly build up endurance with an aerobic exercise program in order to prevent injury.
  • All children should limit screen time (TV, video games, computer games) to less than two hours per day.

Contact us

Phone: 717-531-8674
Fax: 717-531-0401