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A family-based, group program designed to prevent and treat overweight and obesity in children and adolescents through lifestyle/behavior changes.

Pediatric Weight Control Program

The Pediatric Weight Control Program is part of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford's Center for Healthy Weight. It is a family-based, group behavioral and educational program, which teaches lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits for overweight children, adolescents and their families.
 
Since 1999, more than 80% of participating children and adolescents have achieved age-appropriate weight reduction.

Our Six-Month Program

The success of the Weight Control Program is based in the active participation of children and their families.  Groups of 12 families meet together every week for six months (25 sessions).

Groups are designed for:

  • Children ages 8-12 and their families (offered in both English and Spanish)
  • Adolescents ages 13-15 and their families (offered in English)

During the program, participants and their families learn to:

  • Identify and avoid high-calorie, low-nutrient foods
  • Develop better exercise habits
  • Reduce sedentary behaviors (activities that require little or no physical activity)
  • Follow a healthy, balanced diet, even in difficult situations like family gatherings, holidays and parties
  • Maintain a healthy weight over the long-term

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