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About the Obesity Institute

The Obesity Institute at Children’s National  Health System brings together a comprehensive group of physicians, researchers and health professionals to find strategic and innovative solutions to childhood obesity.

Vision Statement:

The Obesity Institute will be a recognized national and regional leader in developing and disseminating
best practices for the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity.

Mission Statement:
  • To advance clinical care that achieves healthy growth by developing, validating, and disseminating best practices in prevention and intervention for overweight children from birth to age 21 years.
  • To foster novel research in genomics, proteomics, and epigenetics that provides evidence for optimizing clinical care for individuals to achieve healthy body weight
The Obesity Institute develops and validates solutions to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity within five major domains:

The Obesity Institute has two weight-loss programs for children and adolescents:

1.    The IDEAL Program which provides comprehensive outpatient medical management,
2.    The Weight-Loss Surgery Program which offers two types of bariatric surgery options for children and adolescents.

About the childhood obesity epidemic

Environmental, social, economic, behavioral and genetic factors all contribute to today’s childhood obesity epidemic.

Children’s National Medical Center has a group of clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. Their collaborative efforts help identify issues and seek solutions as well as communicate findings to government officials and community leaders, and to work creatively and constructively with parents and families.

As recommended by the Institute of Medicine, the Obesity Institute addresses the challenge "to develop a robust evidence base of effective obesity prevention interventions and practices."

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