Optimal Weight for Life Program Your Visit

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Because obesity is affected by the interplay of genetics, diet, physical activity level, and psychological factors, the OWL Program at Boston Children's combines the expertise of specialists in endocrinology, nutrition, behavioral medicine, social work, and physical therapy to develop successful lifestyle interventions for obese children and adolescents.

Medical Evaluation

All new patients will be evaluated by an attending physician and sometimes by a nurse practitioner. This examination includes:

  • Comprehensive personal and family history
  • Physical Examination
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Diabetes Education and Management

The purpose of this evaluation is to identify any underlying medical conditions (such as a hormone problem) and potential complications (including high cholesterol, diabetes, or gastrointestinal disease).

Behavior modification focuses on increasing motivation to change diet and physical activity level, using a combination of short-term individual and family psychotherapy sessions. These treatments may also help children cope with the emotional stresses associated with being overweight.

The OWL program sometimes participates in research studies. You may be approached to participate. Your participation in any study is completely optional; your decisions will have no effect on care that you receive.

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If this is a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1. This form should not be used in an emergency.

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