Healthy Teens Program
Weight Loss Surgery & Wellness Center Healthy Teens program offers teens ages 13-17 weight loss options to take control of their weight and live healthy.
We understand the struggles children face with significant weight gain. Weight-related illness such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol as well as emotional issues such as depression, isolation, and bullying can carry into adulthood which can become serious and life-threatening.
We understand the impact of being overweight can have on an adolescent and are committed to addressing all aspects of each patient including the medical, nutritional, emotional, and social needs.
As one of only a few programs in the nation, we bring together physicians, dietitians, and psychologists. This multidisciplinary team of experts will evaluate your teen to develop a realistic plan aimed at providing education and support to reach “a healthier weight”, build self- confidence, and stay motivated – now and throughout adulthood.
Who meets criteria?
Criteria for treatment is measured by your child’s growth percentile, which is based off height and weight, compared with children of the same age.
BMI (body mass index) is also used to determine if a child is a candidate for surgery. Talk with your doctor if you feel your child is overweight.
What types of treatment are offered?
Medical Weight Loss
Beginning at age 13, Medical Weight Loss may be considered. Medical Weight Loss is a non-surgical program that uses a combination of customized meal plans and nutritional guidance, as well as medication when needed.
Our non-surgical, weight loss program brings together pediatricians, nutritionists, and psychologists who evaluate your adolescent to develop a customized plan to manage your child’s weight through nutrition
education and behavior modification.
Surgical Weight Loss
Beginning at age 15, surgery will be considered on a case by case basis for any patient that meets criteria. The gastric sleeve surgery option reduces stomach size to limit food intake and reduces hunger and may place certain weight-related illnesses into remission. Adolescent surgical patients experience an improvement in self-esteem and quality of life.
Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of pediatricians, surgeons, dietitians, nurses, and psychologists. They work together with the patient and families to closely monitor progress before, during, and after surgery.
The Healthy Teens Program is under the direction of Renee Riddle, MD and Stephan Myers, MD.
Dr. Riddle is board certified in pediatrics from The American Board of Pediatrics. She has advanced training in treatment of obesity in children and adolescents. Dr. Riddle completed her residency at Alfred I Dupont Institute. She earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Myers is board certified in surgery from The American Board of Surgery. He has advanced training in bariatric surgery. Dr. Myers completed his residency at Maine Medical Center and has advanced training from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He earned his medical degree from University of Cincinnati.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 484-628-5673.