Weight Management Clinic

The Akron Children’s Hospital Weight Management Clinic offers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, evaluation and treatment for children and teens who are overweight, 5 to 18 years of age. Read More...

Levitt Michelle

McCollum Mark
Mark McCollum, MD
Director, Trauma Services; Pediatric Surgeon

Putt Geoffrey
Geoffrey Putt, PsyD
Director, Outpatient Therapy Services

Triemstra Kevin
Kevin Triemstra, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist

Perusek Amy
Amy Perusek, MSN, CPN
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chand Amy
Amy Chand, MS, EP
Youth Fitness Specialist

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Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Childhood Obesity.

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Overview

Weight Management Clinic - Overview

Children are seen at a monthly, two-hour clinic. The clinic features a multi-disciplinary team that addresses the medical, psychological, nutritional and fitness aspects of a child’s weight issue. Team members include a physician, certified nurse practitioner, dietitian, exercise physiologist and a psychologist. Patients spend approximately 20-30 minutes with each team member.

Clinic visits continue for eight months, including an initial intake session and six follow up clinics to help ensure the children are making progress toward their weight management goals. Patients receive a re-evaluation at the eighth visit to determine the next steps in their treatment.

In addition to focusing on the needs of the child, the clinic stresses the importance of making household changes in diet and exercise for long-term success, as well as the importance of role modeling from parents.

Children and teens may be referred by their primary care physician. Typically, patients will be in the 85th percentile for BMI, but any child with a possible weight concern can receive services.

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What To Expect

At the weight management clinic, comprehensive services include:

  • Medical evaluation and treatment - This includes a complete medical history and a physical exam, along with any appropriate diagnostic tests. Clinic staff will coordinate with other pediatric specialists as needed to address related health concerns such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and constipation.
  • Nutrition and exercise recommendations – These will be tailored to each child’s specific needs. Tools include program notebooks and apps that patients can use to track their progress toward diet and fitness goals.
  • Mental health evaluation – The psychologist will begin with a motivational assessment to see if the patient is ready to make changes to address the weight concern. He will also conduct an evaluation to determine if there are any underlying issues that may be contributing to the weight concern, such as depression, thoughts of suicide, bullying or past trauma. The psychologist may also recommend strategies to help the child manage her behavior.

Surgical intervention

For a very small percentage of patients, a gastric sleeve may be the only option to achieve a healthy weight and reduce the risk of serious, related health concerns. Surgery is a consideration for kids who are at least 13 years old, after a 6-month evaluation and assessment, when all other options for weight loss have failed.


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Akron Children's Hospital
Weight Management Clinic
One Perkins Square, Suite 6400
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8260
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