How is severe obesity treated?
Severe obesity is treated by changing energy balance to make the calories that go out (calories burned through physical activity) greater than calories that go in (calories from food and drinks). This is done by addressing behaviors that affect nutrition, physical activity, screen time and sleep. The specific treatment approach is different for every child and family. Sometimes, specialized meal programs, weight loss medicines or weight loss surgery are needed to make it easier to change energy balance. Children who have medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, may need to change specific foods they are eating or may need medicines to treat these conditions.
Why choose Children's Hospital Colorado for treatment of your child's severe obesity?
The Children's Lifestyle Medicine Program is unique because the program includes multiple types of medical specialists, such as nutrition specialists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, liver doctors and sleep specialists all in one program. Our program also includes one of the top pediatric weight loss (bariatric) surgeons in the world, as well as specialists who have the expertise to prescribe weight loss medications. In addition to medical providers, our program includes dietitians, behavior specialists and exercise specialists.
Our Program offers orientation sessions, individual appointments, a variety of group classes and a free exercise program to help families. In our Program, every child is treated as a unique individual and the medical provider will help your family decide what the best pathway is to treat your child's severe obesity.