Obesity Clinic (IDEAL) Referral Guidelines

Children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 18 may be referred to Children’s Obesity Clinic (I.D.E.A.L. Clinic) at Children’s National Health System.

The Obesity Clinic sees children that meet the following guidelines:

  • BMI > 95th percentile who have failed to lose weight after dietary and activity counseling by the primary care provider and or nutritionist/health educator
  • BMI > 95th percentile with dyslipidemia, elevated fasting insulin, fasting glucose, or hypertension
  • BMI > 95th percentile with elevated liver function tests
  • BMI > 95th percentile with orthopaedic complications such as Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis or Blount’s disease

Renesha's Story

When Renesha came to Children's at 19-years-old, she weighed 286 pounds. Now, after her treatment through the Obesity Institute, she's a self-proclaimed "health freak," encouraging her family and friends to work out and eat healthy with her.

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