Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

At the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, we offer families a comprehensive approach to weight management. The Center has programs for both the prevention and treatment of overweight children. If you have a question and would like to speak with someone on our staff, call (614) 722-4824.

Resources for Managing Pediatric Obesity

For Parents
We have compiled a variety of helpful resources for parents including Columbus Parent Magazine articles, handouts to help manage obesity and more.

For Physicians
Learn more about the management of treating obesity in pediatric patients. We provide helpful tools including a pocket guide, Grand Rounds video presentation and much more. New informational handouts for parents and families are available.

Video: Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition - Informational Overview for Physicians

News from the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition

Nationwide Children’s Hospital collaborates on Pediatrics® Obesity Supplement

Pediatrics®, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with Nationwide Children's Hospital and 15 other children’s hospital has released a landmark supplement on children’s hospitals efforts to address obesity in children. Pediatric Obesity: Practical Applications and Strategies From Primary to Tertiary Care, features eight articles covering the role of children’s hospitals in addressing obesity, the identification and treatment of obesity as a standard of care, a survey of pediatric obesity-management programs, patient engagement and attrition in pediatric obesity programs, the development of criteria for bariatric surgery programs, support for childhood obesity prevention and treatment, payment for obesity services and insights from senior program administrators on obesity programs at their hospitals.

Click here to download the Pediatrics Obesity Supplement

Nationwide Children's Joins Study for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery

Nationwide Children's is one of five institutions to join a clinical research study to understand the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery in adolescents. This observational study called Teen-LABS (Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery) is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions

These free sessions provide an overview of the bariatric surgery process, the three types of weight loss surgery available for teens to combat obesity and the benefits, risks, advantages and disadvantages of each. Learn more about the next in-person bariatric surgery information session or take advantage of our new online information sessions to start learning about bariatric surgery today!

Upcoming In-Person Info Session Dates:

Clicking the dates below will take you to the Education Courses Portal. You can use the keyword search "bariatric" to find the Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions that are currently available for registration. 

Megan's Story

Photo of Weight Loss Surgery Patient Megan Muncy

A Time to Celebrate

Diagnosed with extreme obesity, 14-year-old Megan Muncy had weight loss surgery and is enrolled in the Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition.

February 2012: Watch the latest video of Megan to see how she's doing.

Video: At age 16, see Megan's transformation two years after surgery

Before and After Photos: Megan and other weight loss surgery patients

Read about Megan before and after her weight loss surgery.

Watch a video that features two of our adolescent patients who each had a different bariatric surgery to combat their morbid obesity. Jessica received an adjustable gastric band while James underwent gastric bypass.

Think bariatric surgery might be right for you? learn more »

Pediacast Interview with Dr. Eneli and Dr. Michalsky

PediaCast with Dr. Mike features Dr. Ihuoma Eneli and Dr. Marc Michalsky on the topic of pediatric obesity.

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Dr. Michalsky is on Twitter!

Follow him at @MarcMichalskyMD for some of the most up-to-date health information regarding healthy weight and nutrition.

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Feeding Your Kids Program

A FREE text and email-based program that addresses real-life challenges and helps you make small changes that add up to a big result - a lifetime of healthy eating behaviors!

Learn more & sign up today! »

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Learn about healthy snacking, portion sizes and more from our dietiticians.
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Request an Appointment

To enter the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, physicians and patients may request appointments.

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BMI Calculator

Nationwide Children’s is urging all parents to know their child’s BMI, or body mass index. BMI calculates how much body fat a person has based on age, sex, height and weight. Besides highlighting the risk for serious medical conditions, BMI is a good indicator of whether or not a child will grow into an overweight adult. Once parents determine their child’s BMI, they should discuss it with their pediatrician.

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Fast Facts

July 2013 – June 2014

Bariatric Clinic Visits: 628
Dublin Healthy Weight Clinic Visits: 128
Healthy Weight and Nutrition Clinic Visits: 2,089
Hilltop Healthy Weight Clinic Visits: 132
Westerville Healthy Weight Clinic Visits: 719
Total Healthy Weight and Nutrition Clinic Visits: 3,696

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