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Our dedicated team of pediatric weight management professionals will work with you and your child to create a personalized plan to assist weight loss, improve health and overcome obstacles that keep your family from living life to the fullest.

Northwestern Medicine weight management doctor talking to a girlThe Wellness and Weight Management Program will work with you and your child to address the different causes and effects of obesity. During the first appointment, the physician will complete a thorough medical review and evaluation, which will include lab work and a Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement. BMI is the number calculated from height and weight measurements to assess whether an individual has a healthy weight for his or her height.

Initial goals for behavior change and weight management will also be identified. We will work with your primary care physician to provide referrals for concerns that need specialty care. A dietitian will meet with you to discuss family eating habits and changes that can be made for weight loss success. The initial consultation usually lasts 2 to 3 hours, please plan accordingly.

Follow-up visits

Northwestern Medicine weight management doctor talking to a boyAfter the first appointment and assessment, follow-up visits are scheduled regularly. Success takes time and effort, and the results vary by patient. The care team will provide education and resources to help all patients improve health habits such as choosing the right foods and exercise. 

During the program, patients and their families learn to:

After the first appointment and assessment, follow-up visits are scheduled regularly. Success takes time and effort, and the results vary by patient. The care team will provide education and resources to help all patients improve health habits such as choosing the right foods and exercise. During the program, patients and their families learn to:
  • Develop good exercise habits
  • Reduce sedentary behaviors
  • Identify and avoid high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, which include sugar and sweets, and sweetened beverages
  • Make smart food shopping and restaurant meal choices
  • Incorporate exercise into their daily routine.

We encourage your family to follow a healthy, balanced diet, which includes:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Drink low-fat or non-fat milk
  • Limit sugars and sweets
  • Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Choose whole grains

BMI Calculator For Children and Teens

This calculator gives an approximate BMI for children from ages 5 to 18. It will tell you if a child is underweight, at an ideal weight, at risk of being overweight, or is now overweight.

Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) formed a relationship with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital to open our fifth Ronald McDonald House®, expanding hospitality and support to families of hospitalized children.

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