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The Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Healthy Weight Center is a comprehensive center dedicated to children and adolescents with a family-centered focus.

We provide Stage 3/4 weight management by an interdisciplinary team which treats childhood obesity and plans to provide outcomes that are well documented and among the best in the nation.

Best practice treatment with outcomes-based clinical research will help encourage patients to adopt and maintain lifestyle behavior change. We will also learn from our patients so that we may lead the discovery of new information vital to reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity.

Most Appropriate Referrals

  • 95% BMI
  • Well Child Care visit within the last two years
  • Tried Stage 1 and Stage 2 weight management 


Services Provided
All patients and a parent/or guardian are asked to attend an initial assessment visit. During the course of treatment, patients typically receive a physician examination, body composition testing, lab work, nutrition assessment, physiological assessment, social work assessment and physical activity assessment. Specific testing includes:

  • Measurement of weight and height
  • Assessment of family history and obesity related co-morbidities
  • Complete physical exam       
  • Blood pressure
  • Laboratory blood profile as indicated
  • Assessment of percent body fat and waist circumference
  • Determination of need for subspecialty mental health and community resource referrals
  • Dietary intake and nutritional assessment by a registered dietitian
  • Graded submaximal and/ or maximal exercise test
  • Determination of self-efficacy, attitudes and barriers to physical activity by questionnaire; assess environmental and social support in regards to physical activity
  • Assessment of self-efficacy, readiness to change, family situation,  stress, quality of life factors, family needs and begin case coordination of treatment
  • Assessment of duration, patterns, and intensity of physical activity as well as inactivity

After the initial assessment visit, a member of the clinical team will discuss options for further treatment options within the family. Treatment recommendations will be based on each child and family's individual medical history and readiness or ability to make the necessary lifestyle changes.  The child and family will receive support to make permanent lifestyle changes that will benefit not only the patient, but the entire family. The referring physician and office will receive a summary of the visits and outcomes of the assessment, as well as detailed follow-up and specialist referral recommendations.

Pediatricians Urged to Be Frank About Fat, Columbus Dispatch, April 10, 2010

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