Pediatric Weight Management

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Weight Management

Helping Kids Live Healthier

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At Nemours, we take a personalized approach for children ages 3 to 16 who are at an unhealthy weight or at risk of childhood obesity and its related conditions. Our large pediatric weight management team works together with your family to help your child make healthy lifestyle choices and changes. We give you the tools you need to give your child the best lifestyle and nutritional options. With one of the longest-standing kids’ weight management programs in the country, we’ve learned which healthy habits work best to lose weight and how to make them last.

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Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat

In addition to obesity, many of the children we see face other weight-related challenges such as high cholesterol or blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, and/or problems with digestion, hormones and growth, the heart, lungs, kidneys and/or bones.

Services We Offer

Services We Offer

Though compassionate counseling, we help your child or teen focus on setting goals and targeting behaviors they can change. Our program has been highly effective in helping kids and families develop healthy habits and maintain weight loss over time. Families participate in a series of visits combined with continued efforts at home, through “homework” the care team and your family agree upon together.

We offer a variety of services, which may vary depending on the condition or location, including:

  • behavior-based goal setting (helps set realistic goals to stay motivated)
  • coordinated care with surgeons to provide weight loss (bariatric) surgery for teens who qualify (those who are 100 or more pounds over their ideal body weight, have tried but failed to lose weight, and face serious medical problems; program only available in the Delaware Valley)
  • exercise evaluation and personal training
  • help to create, track and keep following healthy habits (for eating, activity, sleep and mental health)
  • mental health evaluation and counseling (addresses issues such as depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, parenting and family concerns)
  • nutritional counseling and education (looks at what and how your child eats, and offers recommendations for better options)
Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

At our pediatric weight management practices, 60 percent of children lose weight and continue to lose it within six months of the first visit. Families may also choose us for their child’s pediatric weight management care because of our:

  • Coordinated appointments to help families receive the many services we offer in a way that’s helpful and convenient
  • Well-rounded team of experts. Depending on your child’s needs, your care team may include pediatric weight management doctors, registered dietitians, exercise specialists (exercise physiologists and/or physical therapists), health coaches, mental health counselors and/or child psychologists. 
  • Access to more than 30 additional specialties if needed. We work together as a team with all of your child’s providers.
  • Research and clinical trial opportunities. Our research includes innovative activities like using social media for diabetes support.
  • Passion about — and dedication to — promoting children’s wellness through healthy eating and physical activity. Our programing reaches beyond our walls and into our communities.
Regional Pediatric Weight Management Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer pediatric weight management services at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Newtown Square. We also have a combined medical and surgical bariatric program, with doctors and surgeons working together to support teens who qualify for weight loss (bariatric) surgery.

We also use telemedicine (online doctor visits) in our primary care practices so that you can get care and counseling with our specialists close to home. In other words, you’d go to an exam room at your primary care office, but would see one of our weight management providers on a screen, rather than in person. That means you don’t need to drive far to get our specialist follow-ups and care.

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Scheduled Specialist Online Visits

Nemours now offers scheduled specialist appointments through live video chat. Ask your doctor if this is an option for your family.

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Research & Clinical Trials

At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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