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.
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington
Locations & Doctors
For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
- 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
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
Children with obesity can get personalized help from our weight management program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
How We Treat Childhood Obesity
Our programs integrate the latest research and most advanced clinical care to address the whole child.
Here are some of the services we offer:
- obesity prevention through primary care offices, including early identification and management of at-risk and less complex cases
- referral-based clinical weight management services, which include consultations with our doctors, registered dietitians, exercise specialists, and psychologists, as well as others who can help to identify the best methods for improving your child’s healthy habits
- support groups and other specialized programs to address your child’s physical, nutritional, emotional, social, and behavioral needs
- adolescent bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery to reduce the size of the stomach) for children who are severely obese and meet certain diagnostic criteria
When treating childhood obesity, we take many factors into consideration, including your child’s overall physical, social, and emotional health; the stage of your child’s obesity; and your family’s lifestyle and readiness for change.
Our teams include:
- doctors who are subspecialists from a variety of medical areas
- physician assistants
- nurse practitioners
- exercise physiologists
- registered dietitians
- social workers
- child advocates
- health information experts
Treating Obesity-Related Illnesses or Other Medical Conditions
For children with serious complications resulting from obesity (pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, asthma, stroke, and heart disease, among others), we offer numerous pediatric specialties all under one roof who can help co-manage your child’s case.
These experts are also able to provide guidance when it comes to the needs of special subsets of overweight or obese children, such as kids under the age of five, or those with other medical conditions that may make it harder for them to lose weight (for example, cerebral palsy or spina bifida, which both may require wheelchair use.)