Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition A Department of Pediatrics Program

Weight & Wellness Center

The Weight and Wellness Clinic is a multidisciplinary patient care team for the management of child and adolescent obesity. We screen patients for individual physical, nutritional, psychosocial needs and expectations and tailor a safe treatment for our patients and their families.

We are dedicated to reducing the health burden of obesity in children, and our focus is on reasonable, achievable goals.

Contact Us

For more information on weight and wellness management for children 14 and under, you can contact: 858-966-4003

ADOLESCENT WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Our team understands that being severely overweight can have a tremendous impact on an adolescent’s life – now and throughout adulthood. We offer both non-surgical and surgical options for adolescents (ages 14 to 18).

Non-Surgical Weight Management Program

Our Weight Management Program is one way for an adolescent to lose weight and improve his or her health. We offer weekly class sessions that emphasize physical activity, nutrition, risk factor reduction and behavior therapy for lifestyle change.

For more information or to register for a no-obligation orientation, visit the UC San Diego Health System’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute Adolescent Weight-Loss Program [link: http://bmi.ucsd.edu/weight-loss-surgery/adolescent-weight-loss/Pages/default.aspx ]

Bariatric Surgery

Our guiding principle is that bariatric surgery should only be considered after all other attempts at reaching a healthy weight have failed. If your adolescent has seriously tried – but failed – to lose weight, we offer the following types of weight-loss surgery:

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Our Bariatric and Metabolic Institute works in close collaboration with the specialists at Rady Children’s Weight and Wellness program

ABOUT OBESITY

Obesity has become the most common chronic health condition of childhood. Obesity can be defined as having a body weight placing one at significantly increased risk for health problems. Alternatively, obesity may be considered as being more than 20 percent above the healthy weight range for one’s age and gender. This is determined by measuring your child’s height and weight and calculating the body mass index or BMI.

For a majority of obese children, the problem state will persist into adulthood without treatment, leading to higher rates of disease, higher healthcare costs and a shortened life expectancy. We encourage parents to discuss these issues with their child’s primary care physician.

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