Obesity Clinic (IDEAL) Referral Guidelines

Children and adolescents between the ages of 2and 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 thefollowing guidelines:

  • BMI > 95th percentile who have failed to loseweight after dietary and activity counseling by theprimary care provider and or nutritionist/healtheducator
  • 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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