Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens

Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens

Work with experts who can help your child lose weight and manage obesity-related conditions.

Work with experts who can help your child lose weight and manage obesity-related conditions. Call to schedule an appointment.

717-531-8674

Weight management for the whole family

Doctors and registered dietitians designed the Penn State Children’s Hospital Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens to meet the specific needs of children with the medical problems of overweight or obesity. We help children ages 15 months to 18 years to reach their weight loss goals.

We focus on changing behaviors for the whole family, such as:

  • Smaller portion sizes
  • Being physically active
  • Less screen time (cell phone, video game, computer and TV)
  • Fewer sugary drinks  

At your first visit, one of our clinicians will examine your child and check for weight-related diseases. We will then create a weight management program focusing on improving the health of your child and family.

The doctors and staff at our Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens offer a range of treatments for children and teens who have overweight or obesity. We stress prevention and obesity-related health care, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Elevated insulin
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heartburn/Reflux
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Deconditioning (shortness of breath with activity)
  • Sleep apnea

Your child will work with a doctor or physician assistant in our office. Depending on health problems, mental health issues and insurance coverage, we may connect you with our dietitian, therapist and/or exercise specialist, who are all a part of our team. If your child has a psychiatrist and/or therapist, we will work with them to ensure the best care possible.

Learn more about our services and treatments.