Pediatric Weight Clinic
The Pediatric Weight Clinic is an outpatient service of the Center for Healthy Weight. We provide comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation of overweight and obese children and adolescents. Our mission is to lead children and adolescents to:
- Improved weight control
- Overall better health and quality of life
The Weight Clinic team works with patients and families to develop a treatment program personalized to their situation and goals.
Following a complete evaluation by the clinic’s multidisciplinary team to understand the potential causes and complications of the patient’s condition, the treatment plan may include:
- Family behavioral counseling
- Visiting other specialists for related medical comorbidities (health problems that exist at the same time as the overweight/obesity problem)
- A family-centered plan to achieve weight reduction goals
- Bariatric surgery
The team may also recommend participation in the six-month Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program. These classes are taught in a group setting and focuses on lifestyle changes. Compare the Pediatric Weight Clinic and Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program.
Treatment decisions are made jointly by the Pediatric Weight Clinic team and clinicians across multiple clinical areas.
New clinic patients must be referred by a primary care provider. The provider should fill out the Pediatric Weight Clinic Referral Form (PDF) and fax it to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Referral Center at (650) 721-2884.
New clinic patients undergo a complete baseline evaluation by a pediatrician or adolescent medicine specialist who specializes in weight management. The effect of future treatments will be compared to this baseline. The evaluation includes:
- A detailed review of the patient’s medical history
- A complete physical examination
- Diagnostic testing, as needed
- A meeting with a registered dietitian to develop individual dietary and activity goals
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