Pediatric Weight Management
Managing a child's weight is very important because overweight children may be at risk for a number of physical and mental problems, such as hypertension, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, joint problems, asthma, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea, depression and more.
Much of the counseling is geared towards the parents, families, and
caregivers. Using a questionnaire at the initial visit, the physician
obtains a detailed initial medical history. The child and/or parent
fill out the questionnaire in the waiting room prior to the examination.
Each child is seen by a pediatrician during every visit. The focus is
on discussing healthy choices, the challenges of school food and the
need to avoid drinking too much juice, fruit-flavored drinks, and sodas.
Physical activity is a priority. Participating children between the
ages of seven and sixteen are encouraged to attend bi-weekly fitness and
nutrition sessions throughout the year. For children who cannot
participate in these sessions, fitness goals are set and monitored in
Occasionally, at the family's request, a physician may provide patients with detailed dietary plans. However, as most children cannot follow a dietary plan, recommendations are generally favored over rigid diets.
For young adults (18-21 years) with severe health risks, bariatric surgery may be discussed as an option. Patients can be referred to NYM's bariatric (weight reduction) surgery program, which has been designated a "Center of Excellence."
For more information or to schedule and appointment please call 718.246.8515.