We give teenagers the tools they need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
When teenagers gain more weight than is recommended for their age, helping them achieve and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) is just as important as ensuring they have the right vaccinations and are hitting their developmental milestones.
Our Adolescent Healthy Weight Program, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, is designed for teenagers who have a BMI of 35 or greater and have experienced weight gain that is impacting their physical and mental health.
Teenagers with obesity are at greater risk of asthma, diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, liver disease, and bone and joint problems, both in adolescence and in adulthood. Some youth with obesity also experience low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression, and withdraw from friends and activities, including school.
Our doctor, who specializes in pediatric endocrinology, talks with your family to understand your concerns and conducts a complete evaluation. Our goal is to understand the impact your child’s weight has on his or her health and day-to-day life, and develop manageable, achievable weight loss goals. When necessary, we refer your child for additional care from pediatric gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, sleep medicine experts, bariatric surgeons, and other specialists.
To help your child achieve his or her goals, we provide diet and lifestyle counseling and group education sessions. Our team includes social workers and child life specialists who support your child and provide referrals for mental health counseling.
When diet and lifestyle changes are not enough to achieve a healthy weight, we work closely with bariatric surgeons from NYU Langone’s Weight Management Program who perform weight loss surgery for teens. We provide a medical evaluation for all teens interested in surgical weight loss.
Our pediatric experts provide the best care possible for children with conditions ranging from minor illnesses to complex, more serious conditions.