Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens - Patient Care and Treatment

Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens - Patient Care and Treatment

Learn about children’s weight loss and obesity treatment at Penn State Children’s Hospital Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens.

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Quality care from an Expert Team

Obesity is a complicated health problem that has many causes. The Penn State Children’s Hospital Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens cares for overweight and obese children and teens with overweight and obesity from ages 15 months to 18 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 dietitian, therapist and/or exercise specialist 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 to:

  • Make healthier food choices
  • Reduce portion sizes
  • Be more physically 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 Healthy Weight Program for Kids and Teens, a doctor or physician assistant will:

  • Take a complete medical 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 disease
  • Sleep apnea

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

Nutrition counseling

Treatment focuses on changing your child’s and family's diet. After talking about your child’s current eating habits with your doctor, we’ll provide a meal plan. Families may meet privately with a dietitian to discuss how to start and maintain the meal plan.

Physical activity training

Our program will recommend more physical activity and less inactive activities, (cell phone, video games, computer games and TV) for your child and the whole family.

Here are some basic guidelines for all children and teens:

  • Get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Slowly build up aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, dancing, treadmill).
  • Limit screen time (TV, computer games, and cell phone) to less than two hours per day.
  • Avoid watching the screen while eating meals and snacks.