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Helping Kids Live Healthier

Being at an unhealthy weight during childhood puts kids at risk for a lot of health problems as they grow. They’re more likely to have conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, prediabetes and diabetes, and liver disease.

At Nemours Children's Health, our healthy weight and wellness management team is made up of doctors, psychologists, dietitians and an exercise specialist. They work together to create a customized treatment plan for your child and manage any related health conditions.

We know how to help your child get to a healthy weight and feel good. That’s because we’ve been at this a long time. Our weight management program is one of the first in the country. We can help you learn about healthy habits and how to make lifestyle changes that last.

Find Weight Management Care From Nemours Children's

We have multiple weight management specialists and locations — find the closest to you: 

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Conditions & Treatments

We see a wide range of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending on the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Realistic, Lasting Changes for Better Health

We’ll help your family create a weight loss plan that works for everyone and helps your child get fit. This may include:

  • a medical evaluation and body composition analysis to identify health problems and refer to other specialists, if needed.
  • goal setting and tracking to help your child stay motivated and set realistic goals around eating, activity and sleep.
  • exercise evaluation, sports groups and personal training
  • nutritional counseling and education, cooking groups 
  • mental health evaluation and counseling, if needed
  • social services to help families connect with resources   

For teens who are 100 or more pounds over their ideal body weight, have tried but failed to lose weight, and face serious medical problems, medicine or weight loss (bariatric) surgery may be an option. This is only available at our Delaware Valley location. 

Pioneering Healthy Change for Kids and Teens

We were among the very first to put together a pediatric healthy weight and wellness program and team, and we still introduce new ways for kids and teens to make healthy changes.

  • We’re pioneers in research. We work with researchers across the country to learn more about ways to provide better care to children and families and help them make healthier choices. Our projects are funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and other foundations.
  • We offer online video doctor visits. For your convenience, Nemours app allows families to see a weight management specialist online, without having to drive to a doctor’s office.
  • We provide specialized care for diabetes. We have a weight management clinic for children with type 2 diabetes.
  • 1 One of the first pediatric weight management programs in United States
  • 60 % of children in program for 6 months that achieve a healthier weight
  • 2,200+ Kids and teens we see each year
How can we prevent overweight and obesity? Find out from the experts at Nemours® KidsHealth®.
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