Treatment Programs

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Pediatric/Adolescent Weight Program

The Weight Management programs at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center provide comprehensive evaluation and care for children and teens who are overweight or obese. The pediatric program is affiliated with the adult programs at the MGH Weight Center, to allow for family-based care and continuity of care into adult life.

Paul Boepple, MD, takes a patient's blood pressure

Paul Boepple, MD, takes a patient's blood pressure

Our Medical Nutrition Program is specially designed to help pre-teens and teens reach a healthier body weight.  This seven-month program includes:

Evaluation visit – Individual meetings with a doctor, dietitian (nutritionist) and psychologist, all specializing in weight management.

  • Doctor – Looks closely for reasons why the patient or family members gain weight easily, whether there are weight-related medical problems.  This includes an in-depth consultation and blood tests.
  • Dietitian – Learns about your preferences and usual habits for food and physical activity, which will help to guide choices for healthy change.
  • Psychologist – Looks for how mood, emotional stress, and other challenges might interfere with healthy choices, and helps to develop ideas for solving these problems.

Program visits – Months 1 through 6 (seven visits)

  • Meet monthly with your team doctor and dietitian
  • Each visit focuses on a different theme, including:  Basic nutrition, fad diets, eating away from home, drinks and snacks, physical activity and screen time, and mindfulness/feeling satisfied. Each of these themes is individualized to the family, depending on your needs and interests.
  • Some teens or families will have additional meetings with the psychologist, if desired.

Reassessment – At month 7, have an in-depth meeting with your team doctor and dietitian; review progress, and discuss options for further weight management (either weight maintenance or weight loss).

  • To help with weight maintenance, we can arrange intermittent follow up with the Weight Center team. 
  • If more work is needed, options might include further stages of the medical nutrition program, adding a medicine to help with weight.  We can also advise about the possibility of weight loss surgery for teens who might be interested in this option. 

 

Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery

Our Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery program is specially designed for teens with serious weight problems and their families. The programs goals are:

  • To help you make an informed and responsible decision about whether and when to have weight loss surgery.
  •  To make sure that surgery is as effective and safe as possible for those who have it.

Learn more about our Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery program.

Rethink Your Drink (PDF)

Making healthy beverage choices is just one of many simple steps you and your family can take in the journey to better health.

Sleep Your Way to Better Health (PDF)

It’s a fact: kids who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight.

MGHfC launches new clinics and program

MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHFC) recently rolled out two new clinics – the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic – and a new weight and asthma program, Inspired Health.

Threat grows from liver illness tied to obesity

Kathleen Corey, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fatty Liver Clinic and co-director of the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the link between obesity and the rise in liver diseases such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Rethink Your Drink (PDF)

Making healthy beverage choices is just one of many simple steps you and your family can take in the journey to better health.

Sleep Your Way to Better Health (PDF)

It’s a fact: kids who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight.

Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center

50 Staniford Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Email: weightcenter@partners.org
Hours: 7:30 am - 6 pm, Monday through Friday

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Phone: 617-726-0373 for new patients and referrals | 617-726-4400 for existing patients
Fax: 617-724-2535 for new patients and referrals | 617-724-6565 for existing patients

Next Steps:

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Make an appointment

Contact MassGeneral Hospital for Children to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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Family-centered care

We respect that the family is the center of a child’s life and we welcome families to participate in every aspect of their child’s care.

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Partners HealthCare Patient Gateway

Secure, convenient online access to your child's health information whenever you need it.