Specialty Services

The pediatric weight management program at Hershey Medical Center involve a dietitian and physician by teaching kids to learn to take charge of their eating and exercise habits and learn tools for long-term lifestyle changes. We also guide parents and caregivers in a positive supporting role for their child through clearly setting limits effectively. The basis of treatment for obesity in children and adolescent involves diet changes and exercise. It is important for parents and the adolescents to ready and willing to make changes. The goal of treatment for young children may be to maintain their weight while they continue top grow taller. Weight reduction may be recommended for obese adolescents who have completed their growth or who are at high risk for obesity related diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, joint problems, etc.