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Pediatric Obesity

Key Points about Obesity in Children

  • Obesity is a long-term disease. It’s when a child has too much body fat.
  • Many things can lead to childhood obesity. These include genes and lifestyle choices.
  • Body mass index (BMI) is used to diagnose obesity. It’s based on a child’s weight and height.
  • Treatment may include diet counseling, exercise, therapy and support.
  • Obesity can lead to many other health problems. Some of these are heart disease, type 2 diabetes and joint problems.
  • Obesity can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices like being more physically active and eating more fruits and vegetables.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Eleanor Mackey

Eleanor Mackey

Director of Academic Affairs and Research, Psychology and Behavioral Health
Director of Mental Health Services, Bariatric Surgery
Our Stories

Our Stories

Sabrina Teaser

Sabrina's Story

At just 13 years old, Sabrina had already exhausted the endless list of weight-loss diets and programs that had promised her “real” results. And to her ever-deepening frustration and despair, nothing was working.


Erica's Story

Most beauty queens hope for world peace, but one teen pageant contestant wants to tackle an issue that consumes the Washington, D.C., region.

Maria gestures with her hands as she discusses her weight loss journey

Maria's Journey

Maria was the first patient to have weight-loss surgery at Children's National. With its multidisciplinary approach, a team developed a personalized plan for the teenager.


Renesha's Story

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



Obesity Program

The Obesity Program helps families prevent and manage obesity, ensuring the best chance for a healthier future. 

Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) Program
Learn about bariatric (weight-loss) surgery for children and teens at our teen-centered Bariatric Surgery Program.