Children's Hospital Colorado

Weight Management Specialty Clinic

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we treat the big things, the small things and everything in between.

What is the Weight Management Specialty Clinic?

The Weight Management Specialty Clinic provides evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents whose weight is associated with insulin resistance-related disorders, which may include:

  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) 
  • High cholesterol (Obesity-related high cholesterol or familial high cholesterol is treated in the Lipid Clinic. For more information, contact Cardiology at 720-777-6820)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Obesity-related sleep apnea
  • Impaired glucose tolerance/impaired fasting glucose

This clinic is primarily for children age 10 and up who are already involved in the Weight Management Program and have been pre-identified as needing a specialty care provider for obesity-related health problems. Children can be identified as having a health problem specifically related to their obesity during their first visit-medical examination. Personalized weight management programs, including lifestyle management for obesity, will be determined in the second visit, after a child’s medical evaluation.

If you are concerned about a child having diabetes or another health problem listed above, our Weight Management team can review the labs for you to determine if your child/patient needs to be seen more urgently. 

Why choose the Children’s Hospital Colorado for treatment of weight-related health conditions in kids?

Evaluation, identification and treatment of weight-related conditions are new in pediatrics. Until recently, conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol were considered adult problems. The specialists at Children’s Colorado are on the cutting edge of discovery and treatment of these conditions - locally, nationally and internationally. Our treatment plans for pediatric weight-related health conditions are tailored to each child and family. Pediatric weight-related health conditions may be treated with medication, if necessary, in addition to a comprehensive lifestyle program.

What to expect from the Weight Management Specialty Clinic

If your child attends this clinic, he or she will be seen by a pediatric endocrinologist or cardiologist, who will discuss your child’s labs and weight-related conditions. If medications are needed, the pediatric endocrinologist or cardiologist will suggest and manage treatment. A specialty psychologist will also see your child and will help contribute to your family’s weight management plan. If your child has Type 2 diabetes, he or she may also see a diabetes educator. Typically, a clinic visit can take at least one hour and possibly up to two hours.