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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 other ways.

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.

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