Helping Kids Find a Healthier Weight
Not being at a healthy weight can make anyone, especially kids, feel unhappy and even depressed. Their self-esteem can fall while their health risks rise, and these issues can persist into adulthood. It’s a situation that leaves parents searching for solutions and support.
That’s where AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, comes in. Our team of specialists understands all aspects of weight loss and management for teens and children. We can help your child achieve and maintain a healthy weight while avoiding associated physical and mental health concerns.
Our weight loss and management program has another essential component: wellness. We help your child move into the future as a healthy, happy adult. Our program works because we talk to kids without jargon or judgment. And also because we care for their whole health — body, mind and spirit.
Find the right pediatric weight management specialist to help your child reach their health goals.
How We Support Your Child's Whole Health
- Weight Management Program Overview
- Frequently Asked Questions About Our Program
- Wellness Basics: How Our Lifestyles Affect Our Health
- Weight Loss Programs for Teens and Children
- Tips for Kids to Stay Healthy
- Mission:FIT POSSIBLE
- Research and Publications
Meet Our Medical Director
Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, DABOM, CCMS
You can count on our skilled weight management and wellness staff to provide personalized care that works. We know how to talk to kids, and we consider your whole family as part of the care team. Leading by example in providing the best care is our medical director, Angela Fals, MD, FAAP, CCMS, Diplomate American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Conditions We Treat
- Rapid Weight Gain
- Severe Obesity
- Sleep Apnea/Sleep Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol and Triglycerides
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Prediabetes (Insulin Resistance and Impaired Glucose Tolerance)
- Type 2 Diabetes (with Endocrinologist)
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
- Low Self-Esteem
- Distorted Body Image
- Depression Screening
Meet Our Team
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
Childhood obesity is a complex condition that can impact an adolescent’s health in many different ways. Together with your family, our multispecialty adolescent bariatric care team will guide you and your child through your personalized weight-loss options to determine the best path for care. AdventHealth for Children has the only accredited Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program in Central Florida offering bariatric procedures and a range of support services to help your child and family maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Turning Good Food into Medicine at The Kitchen House
Sometimes the best health care happens in the kitchen — especially if the food comes from a garden just outside the door. That’s what happens at The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden, which is better known as The Kitchen House.
Kids come to plant garden vegetables, harvest them and help cook delicious meals. They take their skills and knowledge home with them, where they can replicate easy meals and share important lessons about nutrition and cooking. AdventHealth for Children is at the forefront of this move to start kids off with good eating habits, and to help them be ambassadors for healthy eating. Learn More
Weight and Wellness One-Stop Shop for Primary Care Physicians
- Eating Disorders
- Healthy Weight and Behaviors
- Mental Health
- Orientation Video
- Self-Esteem/Positive Body Image for Girls
Tips From Our Experts for Health and Wellness
Healthy eating tips: Our pediatric dietitian, Christopher Schnell, shares some of his favorite tips for your family to create healthy eating habits: drinking more water, eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and reading nutrition labels to know what’s in your food.
Social media and wellness: Our pediatric psychologist, Indira Abraham-Pratt, PhD, discusses social media use and how to ensure your child has a healthy and happy experience, both online and offline.
Mental health in kids: Our pediatric psychologist, Indira Abraham-Pratt, PhD, shares ways to help identify stressors in your child’s life and how to connect with them for better mental health.
Physical fitness tips: Our pediatric exercise physiologist, Olivia De Fante, discusses the importance of physical exercise for your whole family, how to work in stretching to prevent injury and ways to enjoy fitness together.
Find Care Near You
AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Weight and Wellness at Orlando
Formerly known as Center for Child and Family Wellness - Main