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 the care of teens who are overweight, 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 to additional specialized care from pediatric endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, sleep medicine experts, and bariatric surgeons.
To help your child achieve his or her goals, we provide individualized diet and lifestyle counseling, in addition to group education sessions. Some children benefit from medications and meal replacement programs. Our behavioral health team, which includes a social worker and child life specialist, helps your child work through any emotional issues he or she is experiencing.
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. All teenagers who are interested in surgical weight loss receive a medical evaluation from the Adolescent Healthy Weight Program.
Our pediatric experts provide the best care possible for children with conditions ranging from minor illnesses to complex, more serious conditions.