Integrated Services to Assist in Pediatric Weight Management
Loyola Medicine is committed to helping reduce obesity among children and teens through our specialized child and teen weight loss program. Our specialists work with families to help children lose weight, improve diet, increase self-esteem and reduce the risk for severe medical complications from obesity.
Obesity in children and teens can result in significant health problems, including:
- Breathing problems
- High cholesterol
- Hormonal imbalances
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Inflammation of the liver
- Irregular periods
- Joint pain
- Sleep problems, such as sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
If left untreated, these and other medical problems continue to increase in adulthood and can impact the quality and length of life.
Loyola’s experienced pediatric weight loss team works to improve the lives of overweight and obese children and teens and their families. Dedicated to supporting and educating your entire family, Loyola is committed to partnering with you to ensure that your child reaches his or her weight loss goals in a healthy, doctor-assisted program.
We talk with families to address the emotional and self-esteem issues around weight management. Through coaching and education, we are ultimately able to help families make permanent lifestyle changes that improve overall health.
Why Choose Loyola for Pediatric Weight Management?
Loyola is committed to the compassionate diagnosis and care of children and teens with weight and diet issues. Our pediatric weight management team understands the particular developmental needs of children and ensures that each child receives comprehensive, individualized care. Loyola’s clinicians welcome families to be involved in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and recovery; we are available to answer any questions and address any concerns you might have.
Loyola’s pediatric medical weight loss program is much more than a “diet;” it is a multifaceted, doctor-directed program based on medical principles that target the root cause of a child’s weight gain. The pediatric weight loss experts at Loyola have additional training and years of experience in helping children to lose weight and build healthier lifestyles.
How are Pediatric Weight Conditions Diagnosed?
Children struggling with obesity are at a higher risk for cardiovascular problems, stroke, cancer, bone and joint problems and social and psychological problems, such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem. The goal of Loyola’s weight management specialists is to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your child and provide support in reaching your child’s health goals.
Severe childhood obesity is diagnosed through complete medical, nutritional, fitness and psychological evaluations. We’ll look at the medical history of your child and family and closely examine your child’s eating and exercise habits. We will determine your child’s body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of body fat based on the relationship between height and weight.
How are Pediatric Weight Conditions Treated?
Dedicated to supporting and educating your entire family, Loyola is committed to partnering with you to ensure your child reaches his or her weight loss goals in a healthy, doctor-assisted program. Available treatment options include:
- Diet plans, as needed
- FDA-approved medication for weight control, as needed
- Outpatient and group visits that fit with your family’s schedule
- Personalized exercise programs
- Personalized treatment plans for every area in your child’s life that requires changes
Our goal is to support your child as he or she works to make lifestyle changes to reach optimal health. Your child’s treatment plan may last for months or years, depending on your child’s progress and what works best for your family.