The Pediatric Obesity Program at Weill Cornell Medicine uses various approaches to address the growing problem of obesity and its metabolic complications, including insulin resistance, elevated blood pressure, dyslipidemia, fatty liver, and the progression of insulin resistance to type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Our efforts range from prevention and education to understanding the causes of obesity, studying medication effects on weight gain and metabolic changes, and providing treatment options to our patients.
Nutrition and exercise is important in the management of obesity and weight management. Our aim is to involve your child and help make recommendations that are realistic and effective in helping reach weight management goals.
Recommendations for nutrition are individualized and aimed at understanding your child’s basic lifestyle, food preferences and culture and any medical concerns. This nutrition evaluation includes:
Severely obese (BMI>40) adolescents at the end of pubertal development who have failed other treatment modalities and have serious co-morbidities may be eligible for this program tailored for adolescents ages 15-18 years. The program has been developed by the Divisions of Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
The American College of Surgeons has accredited NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital as a Center of Excellence in bariatric surgery with the highest possible designation – the first program to be so named in New York State and one of only a few nationwide.
Our program, developed and led by a Pediatric Endocrinologist and Registered Dietitian, is a series of interactive, age-appropriate small group sessions that focus on healthy eating and other important food and nutrition concepts. Family members and caretakers are encouraged to attend with their children. We strive to make classes hands-on and fun!
Topics include healthy cooking demonstrations, developing meal plans, label reading, fitness and exercise, and how to select nutritious foods. Sessions include guest speakers such as professional chefs, social workers, and exercise specialists who cover the broad spectrum of developing a healthy diet -- essential to growth, development and weight management.
Learn more: Kids and Teens Healthy Weight Program