When a child is referred to us—typically from a pediatrician—our first step is to do a full medical workup and check for obesity-related diseases and complications. We offer a traditional approach to weight loss and lifestyle changes, incorporating the whole family into the process. We refer many children to Yale School of Medicine’s Bright Bodies Program, which is offered in New Haven and teaches children and their families about nutrition and encourages them to exercise.
If lifestyle and behavioral modifications are not successful, we can try medications (for children 16 and older). Our last solution would be bariatric surgery (also for children 16 and up). For that, we have rigid protocols and pre- and post-surgical care. Most children who come to our program are referred by their pediatricians. Once patients turn 21, we can seamlessly transition them into an adult program for weight management.