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Obesity Program (IDEAL Clinic) Referral Guidelines

Children and adolescents between the ages of 2and 18 may be referred to the Obesity Program (IDEAL Clinic) at Children’s National.

The Obesity Program sees children that meet thefollowing guidelines:

  • BMI > 95th percentile who have failed to loseweight after dietary and activity counseling by theprimary care provider and or nutritionist/healtheducator
  • BMI > 95th percentile with dyslipidemia, elevated fasting insulin, fasting glucose, or hypertension
  • BMI > 95th percentile with elevated liver function tests
  • BMI > 95th percentile with orthopaedic complications such as Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis or Blount’s disease