The number of overweight children in the United States has grown at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids considered overweight or obese. Nemours is proud to have one of the longest standing pediatric weight management programs in the country. Our entire team is dedicated to caring for children and adolescents with weight management concerns.
The main goal of our specialty is to help kids and teens be healthier. If your child is gaining weight too rapidly, or developing medical problems related to gaining weight too quickly, our team of physicians, psychologists, dietitians and exercise physiologists are specifically trained to help.
Why Measuring Results Matters
At Nemours, we measure our results to help track our progress in providing pediatric care with the best possible results. Why? So we can:
- help you make decisions about your child’s care
- be clear about our results
- improve so we can consistently deliver better, safer care
Here are a couple of outcomes we track and focus on to improve the experience for both you and your child.
Lowering Kids’ Body Mass Index (BMI) Percentile
Reducing BMI to Improve Children’s Health
Body mass index (BMI) is a calculation of weight and height that estimates body fat. BMI percentiles show how kids' measurements compare with others the same gender and age. Improving (lowering) a patient’s BMI percentile can lead to better health — reduced blood pressure, regulated blood sugar and improvement for fatty liver disease. And when a child’s BMI percentile is decreasing, there’s a better chance of reversing the complications of obesity. But without active involvement of medical professionals, the chance of a child reducing BMI percentile on their own is very small. At Nemours, reducing BMI is our goal in the majority in children we treat (although we recognize that may not be possible in all patients).
Percentage of Patients Who Improved Their BMI Percentile (Lost Weight and Continued to Lose) From Coming to Nemours Weight Management
Short-term success: Lower BMI percentile less than 6 months after first visit
Long-term success: Lower BMI percentile 6-12 months after first visit
Baseline (starting point before treatment)
Data source: Percentages based on electronic health records for patients who received weight management care Oct. 2016-Feb 2017 at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (in Wilmington, Del.), Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Newtown Square (in Newtown Square, Pa.), and the Healthy Choices Clinic at multiple Nemours locations throughout Orlando/Central Florida. Results are aggregate and no guarantee of individual success.
Our Differentiators: What Sets Us Apart
Why Choose Nemours Weight Management
Families can feel comfortable choosing our pediatric weight management program because of our:
- Access to more than 30 additional specialties if needed. Our Nemours weight management experts work together as a team with all of your child's providers.
- Ongoing efforts to track lifestyle behaviors and hold kids accountable. We know that improving lifestyles (such as eating and drinking healthier) decreases the risk of developing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which are associated with obesity. That’s why we give every patient in weight management a 12-item lifestyle questionnaire to fill out at each visit. The questionnaire looks at eating, activity, sleep and psychological behaviors. Patients’ responses help us decide which habits children might need to work on. Our goal is to see every child who comes to weight management make measurable changes that result in a healthier life.
- Research and clinical trial opportunities. Our weight management research includes innovative activities such as using social media for diabetes support and studying behavioral impacts of nutritional messaging like our 5-2-1-Almost None guidelines.
- Online video doctor visits. For your convenience, Nemours CareConnect allows families to see a weight management specialist for follow-ups online, without having to drive to a doctor’s office.
- Commitment to patient education. We provide guidance and tools for families to access wherever they are — not just in the doctor’s office. With expansive information about nutrition and weight, Nemours’ KidsHealth.org offers a healthy body of content for kids, parents and teachers, with most articles available in Spanish.
- Dedication to family- and patient-centered care. We include you — the family — as partners in your child’s care. This is so important since lifestyle and daily nutritional choices are key in helping children be healthier both now and in the long run.
We ask for your honest feedback so we can make improvements for all of our patients. In 2016, our weight management team was in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction. That means we truly try to understand your concerns and work with you on a treatment plan that’s created based on your child’s specific needs.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: BAM! Body and Mind
- Health Children.org (from the American Academy of Pediatrics): Obesity
- National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Weight Management Tools & Resources
- National Institute for Children’s Health Equality: Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment
- National Library of Medicine: Obesity in Children
- North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition