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Excessive weight in children and adolescents is becoming an increasingly serious problem. In the United States, 13 percent of children aged 6 to 11 years and 14 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 19 years are overweight. The percentage of adolescents considered overweight is now three times higher than it was 20 years ago. Genetics, unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles are major contributors to childhood obesity.
Children with disabilities and those who are medically fragile often have health problems associated with their diagnoses. The pediatric dietitians at Providence Children's Development Institute
can help manage these problems through nutrition and weight management and can help maximize growth and development potential.
Registered dietitians assess and work with infants and children who experience feeding difficulties, weight gain or loss, obesity or food allergies.
The Providence Neurodevelopmental Center for Children is part of the Providence Child Center, which provides a rich continuum of services for children with special needs. The center is home to: