Nemours Physician Named AAP President-Elect

Sandra Hassink, MD, FAAP, an internationally recognized expert in child obesity prevention at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, will serve as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2015. Read More »

Weight Management

overweight teen

Children who are overweight may have medical, behavioral, and genetic factors that contribute to weight gain. Our Weight Management specialists provide evaluation and treatment of children who are at an unhealthy weight. And we know your child’s healthy weight is more than a number on a scale; it’s about managing a medical condition, finding ways to deal with emotional issues, and learning healthy approaches to food, eating, and exercise that will last a lifetime.

 
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Our program is focused on helping your family adopt long-term, sustainable lifestyle changes that can lead to significant improvements in your child’s health and well-being.

For example, encouraging smaller food portions, increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, replacing screen time with physical activity and drinking water instead of sugary drinks are all small steps that add up on the road to combating childhood obesity.

Newtown Square

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Newtown Square

Main Line Health Center
3855 W. Chester Pike, Suite 280
Newtown Square, PA 19073
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
For Information: (610) 557-4800

Make an Appointment: (302) 651-4730

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families

The Weight Management Program at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Newtown Square, treats overweight children and childhood obesity to create a personalized and comprehensive care plan.

What to Expect at Your Visit

An initial medical and lifestyle evaluation will be part of every child’s participation in clinic. We will also evaluate your child for any weight-related medical problems, which may include:

  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • sleep apnea
  • orthopedic problems
  • diabetes

Sometimes, referral to other specialists and medication is necessary to help manage these conditions.

A personalized plan will then be developed in consultation with the team. Monthly visits are usually required as part of you child’s treatment plan.

 
Specialty Diagnostic and Treatment Services
  • consultations with our doctors, registered dietitians, exercise specialists (exercise physiologists and/or physical therapists), and psychologists, as well as others who can help to identify the best methods for improving your child’s healthy habits
  • behavioral and psychological assessment, if appropriate, including:
    • behavior-based goal setting (which allows your child to set realistic, attainable goals in order to maintain motivation)
    • evaluation and treatment by behavioral health specialists (to address individual and family issues, such as depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, parenting, and family concerns)
  • related subspecialty care for more complex cases, including:
 
Inpatient Services at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
In Wilmington, Del., we offer inpatient diagnostic treatment services for teens who are severely obese:
  • adolescent bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) for children who are severely obese and meet certain diagnostic criteria
  • post-bariatric surgery rehabilitation
  • long-term behavioral and psychological support

We use a team approach to help your child and family make these changes. Our team members may include doctors, nurses, registered dietitians, exercise specialists, and behavioral health experts, all of whom have special expertise in weight management issues.