Weight Management
Weight Management

Pediatric Weight Management

Pediatric patients in our Weight Management program receive care from a dedicated team of clinical and academic experts that includes registered dietitians, physical therapists, pediatric psychologists, education coordinators, social workers, pediatricians, nurses and nurse practitioners. The Weight Management program is part of Kansas City’s Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition under the leadership of Center Director Ann Davis, PhD, MPH, ABPP. As a partnership among Children’s Mercy Hospital, the University of Kansas Medical Center and other academic institutions, the Center represents an extension of the community’s collaboration in the area of pediatric obesity research.

Weight Management Programs

We create wellness opportunities for individuals 2 years and older to help them achieve and maintain a healthier weight. Our goal is to provide care through a team approach that promotes health in children, teenagers and their families.

Through the Weight Management program, education coordinators participate in community events such as health fairs and conferences for children, adolescents and adults.

Group Weight Management Programs

Our team has created group programs to provide education and hands-on learning for families adopting a healthy lifestyle.


The PHIT Kids Weight Management Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City is nationally recognized for addressing childhood obesity. PHIT Kids Evening group provides specialized education to help families of obese youth 9-18 years old successfully adopt and maintain active, healthy lifestyles. 

Education topics include nutrition, physical activity and behavior change. This is our most intensive treatment option and is reserved for motivated families willing to commit to the program.

The program consists of 18 weekly sessions with monthly follow up for a total of two years.

Zoom to Health

Zoom to Health provides nutrition education to parents of overweight and obese children 2-8 years old. This six-week intervention program is designed to control rapid weight gain that can occur during the early childhood period.

Families are served healthy meals, participate in fun physical activities, and children and parents receive age-appropriate education.

Surgical Weight Loss Program

For teens and young adults who have tried to lose weight with a doctor's help and are still struggling with obesity, surgery may be an option. The surgical weight loss program at Children's Mercy is an additional tool in our holistic and integrated approach to helping young people achieve a healthy weight. Read more about weight loss surgery at Children's Mercy.

Patient Resources

  • Jump Start Your Family (pdf)

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