Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital Center for Pediatric Weight Management and Healthy Living offers several comprehensive, multi-disciplinary programs for pediatric weight management. These programs are available to children and adolescents ages two and up. The Center is staffed by specialists trained in pediatric weight management and includes a pediatric gastroenterologist, psychologists, dietitians, and physical therapists.
Medically supervised weight management programs include the Weigh Smart® and Weigh Smart® Jr. programs. A bariatric surgery option is also available - offered through a collaborative program with the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery.
The medical weight management program,Weigh Smart® is for children ages 8 -17 years. The program uses a multi-disciplinary team of experts including physicians, dietitians, psychologists and physical therapists to teach children and their families healthier habits that include daily exercise and positive eating habits.
Weigh Smart® Jr. is a program for weight management of toddlers and preschool-aged children involving medical, nutritional, educational and behavioral components. The goal is to help children acquire healthy eating and exercise habits that last a lifetime. Each child will participate in a one-on-one clinical assessment with our pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric psychologist.
Upon completion of the evaluation, the family will be referred to a pediatric dietitian. The Weigh Smart® Jr. program is open to children ages two to seven years old. The sessions are attended by both the child and parent(s) and will focus on lifestyle changes and healthy dietary choices for the family.
The surgical weight management option is offered in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery located at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The surgical option provides morbidly obese adolescents ages sixteen to young adult the option of weight management through bariatric surgery. This is available to morbidly obese adolescents ages sixteen to young adult who are unable to lose weight through a medical weight loss program.
The surgery is performed at Johns Hopkins Bayview and is available for those teens and young adults who meet specific program criteria. MWPH's part in this process is to provide pre-surgery evaluation and screening to determine if the child meets the program’s criteria and to determine the appropriateness of the surgical treatment. In addition, MWPH also provides ongoing post-operative monitoring and management.
The goal of the Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital Center for Pediatric Weight Management and Healthy Living is to offer family centered weight management programs for children who have issues and conditions related to being overweight and or obese. The programs focus on solutions to these issues as well as the attainment of an overall healthier lifestyle.