Pediatric Weight Management Center
Overcoming obesity. Restoring quality of life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 5 children are obese,
totaling approximately 12.5 million in the United States. These young patients are
at an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, sleep
disorders, Type 2 diabetes and more. Obesity can also affect mental and emotional
well-being through bullying, social exclusion and poor academic performance.
The UF Health Pediatric Weight Management Center offers patients
with obesity a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan to achieve weight loss
and reduce — or in some cases reverse — the complications associated with being
overweight. This center provides individualized care to each child while working
with the whole family to manage obesity and related health conditions.
The UF Health Pediatric Weight Management Center is ranked among the top three
in the country for reducing body mass index and treating other obesity-related complications
according to the Pediatric Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry, or POWER, which collects
clinical data from pediatric weight management centers across the United States.
A holistic approach for long-term success
Because obesity can be a product of many factors — physical, genetic, mental and
environmental — it takes a multidisciplinary team of specialists to treat patients,
educate their families and maintain weight loss long-term. These providers include:
- Pediatric obesity medicine physicians
- Bariatric surgeons
- Physical therapists
New patients will undergo a medical evaluation, receive nutritional counseling and
begin learning to modify eating behaviors. The center recommends a follow-up appointment
within one to two weeks of the initial evaluation, followed by monthly appointments
until a healthy body weight is achieved. A minimum commitment of three visits over
the first six months is strongly encouraged to make effective, long-lasting lifestyle
The UF Health Pediatric Weight Management Center treats children between 4 and
18 years of age with a BMI in the 95th percentile or higher, with or without these
- Acanthosis nigricans
- At-risk for Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes or diabetes mellitus
- Blount’s disease
- Disordered sleep such as sleep apnea or snoring
- Elevated liver enzymes or fatty liver disease
- Elevated triglycerides, high cholesterol or hypertension
- Polycystic ovary syndrome, infrequent or absent menstrual cycles
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis, or SCFE
Providers are encouraged to refer any pediatric patient with severe obesity (BMI at or more than
99th percentile) or patient with obesity who is not losing weight through a physician-guided
weight management plan. To make a referral, call 904-633-0920.