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Weight Management Program

A child receives care in Children's Mercy's Weight Management Program.
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Kids in our Weight Management program receive care from a dedicated team of clinical and academic experts that includes registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, 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, 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.

We partner with families, children, and teens to create actionable plans to help them achieve and maintain a healthier weight. Our goal is to provide care through a team approach that promotes health in children, teens, 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.

Weight Management Clinics

Promoting Health in Teens and Kids (PHIT Kids) Clinic

 

  • Serves children and teens with obesity who want to make healthy lifestyle changes with ongoing care to achieve a healthier weight.

  • Clinic visits are provided by a pediatrician or nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, and social worker.

  • Visits may include referrals to advanced weight management clinics, weight management group, or other specialists.

  • Provides ongoing care for weight management. Medications and weight loss surgery may be options to assist for those still struggling with weight loss.

Special Needs Weight Management Clinic

 

  • Serves youth who have a special need (such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or Down Syndrome) and obesity.

  • Visits are provided by a psychologist, physician, registered dietitian, social worker, and occupational therapist. The team recommends an individualized plan of care to help achieve a healthy weight recognizing the special needs of the child.

  • Provides ongoing care for weight management. Medications and weight loss surgery may be options to assist for those still struggling with weight loss.

Metabolic-Bariatric Clinic and 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 helping young people achieve a healthy weight. Read more about weight loss surgery at Children's Mercy.

  • Visits are provided by a psychologist, physician, registered dietitian, social worker, education coordinator, and exercise physiologist. The team recommends an individualized plan of care to help prepare for weight loss surgery and ongoing after surgery.

  • Provides ongoing care for weight management.

Weight Management Group Programs

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

PHIT Kids


The PHIT Kids Weight Management Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City is nationally recognized for addressing childhood obesity. The 12-week PHIT Kids Evening group provides a high intensity, weekly nutrition, physical activity and behavior change education to help families of your with obesity 9-18 years old to successfully adopt and maintain active, healthy lifestyles. 

Zoom to Health


Zoom to Health provides nutrition education to parents of children 2-9 years old who have overweight or obesity. This eight-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.

Contact Weight Management


In-person clinic services are provided at Children's Mercy Broadway, Children's Mercy College Boulevard, and Children's Mercy Don Chisholm Center.

Clinic services are also provided via telemedicine at Children's Mercy Joplin, Junction City, St. Joseph, and Wichita locations.

Call (816) 234-9231 for more information.