At the UF Health Pediatric Metabolic & Obesity Program, we care about your child's heart health. Located in the Gerold L. Schiebler CMS Center, our program seeks to treat childhood obesity and prevent serious comorbidities, through specialized assessment of underlying predisposing factors and tailored therapy with a focus on healthier lifestyles. Patients and families are guided through the process of developing a healthier lifestyle and weight loss by a team of experts, including:
- Pediatric Endocrinologists
- Nurse Practitioner
- Registered dietitians
- Social workers
- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Providers
Our experts can help determine a child's cardiometabolic risk, which is a combination of factors that lead to early heart disease. Rapid weight gain associated with glucose problems, cholesterol abnormalities, menstrual irregularity, elevated blood pressure, fatty liver infiltration and poor physical fitness all contribute to an increased cardiometabolic risk.
The program effort is not solely based on BMI management but focuses on a comorbid-centric approach that determines the therapeutic decision plan for individual patients setting specific goals based on desired outcomes.
Bariatric Surgery: When Diet and Exercise are Simply not Enough
The Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program is the only accredited Adolescent bariatric program in the state of Florida.
Our multidisciplinary clinic works closely with the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery program to support patients with severe obesity.
Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is recommended for patients with severe obesity defined by:
- BMI ≥ 35 with at least one obesity complication such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, hyperlipidemia, osteoarthritis or heart disease
- Or a BMI ≥ 40
Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery
- 90% of adolescents can have long term weight loss
- Typically see 20-30% decrease in weight in teenagers
- Significant improvement or resolution of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, and musculoskeletal pain.
To obtain a copy of your medical records from Pediatric Metabolic & Obesity Program, please contact (352) 265-7337.
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Shands hospitals and UF Physician practices accept insurance from numerous providers, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, Humana, Capital Health, United Healthcare, Medicaid, and state and government services. For a full list of accepted plans visit our Insurance / Billing page.
Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
Financial AssistancePatients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.
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