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If you’re concerned about your child’s weight, or your child has been referred for treatment of childhood obesity, you are not alone. One-third of children in the United States are currently considered overweight or obese. Across Nemours campuses, teams of dedicated childhood obesity experts work one-on-one with your child and family to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Obesity is measured by a child’s body mass index or BMI, which is a calculation that uses height and weight to estimate how much body fat someone has.
Children with a BMI above the 95th percentile are considered obese. Those between the 85th to 94th percentile are said to be overweight.
How Childhood Obesity Can Be Treated
Some families may simply need practical advice and strategies related to healthy eating and exercise to treat childhood obesity. Some may have a child who’s been identified as having an unhealthy BMI and need a supervised program to help him or her shed excess pounds.
However, others may have a child who requires surgical intervention, or bariatric surgery, to avoid or resolve life-threatening conditions related to childhood obesity.
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The Healthy Choices Clinic at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Orlando, provides care for children with obesity.
How We Treat Childhood Obesity
We take a personalized approach for children from ages three to 16 who are at risk for childhood obesity. Our team of dedicated physicians, nurses, dietitians, counselors, and staff work closely with your family to complete a thorough medical, nutritional, and psychosocial assessment.
Through compassionate, patient-centered “motivational interviewing," we help your child or teen focus on goal-setting and target behaviors that they wish to change. This program has been highly effective in helping kids and families begin developing healthy weight management habits for a lifetime.
Preventing Childhood Obesity Beyond Our Walls
The Healthy Choices Clinic is part of Nemours Division of Consultative Pediatrics, where our care for children extends beyond the walls of our medical offices and into the community. Consulting with other doctors and community partners, we are passionate about — and dedicated to — promoting children’s wellness through healthy eating and physical activity.