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...
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.
At the weight management clinic, comprehensive services include:
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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