Welcome to Penn State Hershey Pediatric Weight Management
The Pediatric Weight Loss Program is a multi-disciplinary weight management program designed by a physician and registered dietitian to meet the specific needs of overweight children and teens.
- Excessive weight is the most prevalent nutritional disease among children and adolescents in the United States.
- Overweight adolescents have a 70-80% chance of becoming overweight adults. More people are now overweight than they were 15 years ago.
- Obesity is defined as a generalized accumulation of body fat. It is determined by measuring both height and weight of the child to calculate a Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI percentile compares a child's BMI to his/her peers.
- A child or adolescent is considered obese if she or he is significantly over the ideal weight for the child’s height (BMI > 95th percentile).
- Availability of high-calorie snack foods
- Parent’s attitudes towards food
- Increase in consumption of fast foods
- Using food as a reward or to change behaviors
- Lack of regular activity or exercise
- Increase in television watching or computer/video game
- Not knowing how to eat healthy
- Heredity (the size of parents and other family members)
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