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Pediatric Obesity

Key Points about Obesity in Children

  • Obesity is a long-term disease. It’s when a child has too much body fat.
  • Many things can lead to childhood obesity. These include genes and lifestyle choices.
  • Body mass index (BMI) is used to diagnose obesity. It’s based on a child’s weight and height.
  • Treatment may include diet counseling, exercise, therapy and support.
  • Obesity can lead to many other health problems. Some of these are heart disease, type 2 diabetes and joint problems.
  • Obesity can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices like being more physically active and eating more fruits and vegetables.


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Meet the Providers Who Treat Obesity

Departments that Treat Obesity

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Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) Program

Learn about bariatric (weight-loss) surgery for children and teens at our teen-centered Bariatric Surgery Program.

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Psychology and Behavioral Health

In the Division of Psychology and Behavioral Health, our child psychologists and other mental health professionals work exclusively with children and teens, emphasizing patient and family-focused care.

IDEAL Clinic

The IDEAL Clinic helps families prevent and manage obesity, ensuring the best chance for a healthier future.