Managing Obesity :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Managing Obesity

The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition has developed several tools intended to provide primary care physicians with practical guidance on the approach to the obese child.

Our Primary Care Pocket Guide is based upon the most recent literature contained in the "Expert Committee Recommendations on the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity." In addition to the guide, we have created a poster for your office and informational handouts for you to share with your families.

Physician Resources

Topic-specific webinars directed to the physicians that provide additional education or resources to be utilized within their practice.  Covering topics of comorbidities, physical activity, eating behaviors and nutrition. 

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

Primary Care Pocket Guide to Pediatric Obesity ManagementChild and Adolescent Healthy Weight and Nutrition Tips (Poster)

Primary Care Obesity Network (PCON) Eat, Live, Be Well.

Practice Tools

To request a hard copy of our physician toolkit, which includes the pocket guide, poster, handouts for families and BMI wheel, please e-mail

Parent Resources

Currently, the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition only accepts patients with a BMI of 95% and above. If your child does not meet that requirement, we cannot schedule an appointment. However, we understand you have a child that needs help. Please find resources below that will assist in managing your child’s needs.

Helpful handouts for parents and families

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 and the benefits, risks, advantages and disadvantages of each.

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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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Ounce of Prevention

This program provides well-child visit parent handouts, physician tools including a teaching video and much more.

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