Are you or your doctor worried about your child's weight? The team at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital’s Weight Management Program can help create a comprehensive plan to achieve a healthier weight for your child.
Healthy You is Minnesota's premier pediatric weight management program. We have been treating children with weight-related conditions for more than 10 years using a research-based approach. Our holistic team, which includes a pediatric bariatrician certified in obesity medicine, tailors a unique combination of therapies for your child. Options may include nutrition counseling, physical activity support, psychological services and in qualifying patients, weight loss medications or surgery. We work to understand the unique factors that cause your child to carry extra weight.
Prevent problems before they start
Many adult health problems, like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, begin in childhood and relate to obesity. The Weight Management Program at University of Minnesota Children's Hospital helps your child face and overcome the medical, nutritional and emotional issues that relate to his or her weight.
Care and services for your child
The Weight Management Program at University of Minnesota Children's Hospital brings together the resources and expertise to help children and teens whose extra weight is impacting their health and well-being.
Getting to a healthy weight is tough. The causes of excess weight are many and complex-we understand that there is more to weight gain than just calories or energy imbalance.As we assess your child's situation and design a treatment plan, we take into account all the factors that are contributing to your child's weight status.
We provide comprehensive, individualized treatment based on current scientific research and understanding of obesity to help move your child toward a healthier weight. Our overall goal is to help your child be successful in achieving long-term health, both physical and mental.
Services we provide include:
- Behavioral and psychological counseling (individual and family)
- Nutrition support and dietary interventions
- Physical therapy and physical activity support
- Assessment and management of weight-related health conditions including:
Obesity-related health conditions:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Pre diabetes
- Fatty liver disease
- Irregular periods
- Binge eating disorder
- Sleep apnea
- Medication for weight management, in eligible individuals
- Teen weight-loss surgery, in eligible individuals