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Pediatric High BMI Diagnostic Clinic 

Who is seen by the Pediatric High BMI Diagnostic Clinic? 

The Pediatric High BMI Diagnostic Clinic sees children between the ages of 2 and 18 who are overweight or obese with a body mass index, or BMI, above the 85th percentile for their age and sex. A referral from a health care provider is required to schedule an appointment. 

What is body mass index? 

Body mass index is the commonly accepted way of measuring whether someone is overweight or obese. It is a number calculated based on a person’s weight and height. Because children are still growing, their BMI is interpreted differently than that of adults. 

Also unlike adults, there are no standard BMI ranges for children. Instead, their BMI numbers are compared to other children of the same demographics because the amount of body fat changes with age and is different for boys and girls. Children who have a BMI greater than 85 percent of other children of the same age, height and sex are considered overweight. Children who have a BMI greater than 95 percent of other children of the same age, height and sex are considered obese. 

What does having a high BMI mean to my child’s health?

Overweight or obese children are at risk for developing serious medical problems during childhood, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, liver disease, and joint and kidney problems. In addition to having physical problems, these children are teased by their peers more often, suffer the consequences of negative social stereotypes and are more likely to have low self-esteem. 

Childhood obesity can also lead to diseases in adulthood, such as diabetes, stroke, arthritis, heart attack, high cholesterol, and cancers of the colon, prostate and breast. 

Is childhood obesity a problem in Kentucky?

In short, yes. According to the National Initiative for Children’s Health Care Quality, more than one-third of Kentucky children ages 2 to 5 who are enrolled in the federal WIC nutrition-assistance program are overweight or obese. 

In addition, more than 38 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 are considered overweight or obese, making Kentucky No. 1 in the nation for obesity among children of high-school age. 

What services does the Pediatric High BMI Diagnostic Clinic provide?

The Pediatric High BMI Diagnostic Clinic does not provide ongoing weight management. It works closely with Kentucky public health departments, cooperative extension offices and other available resources to help identify and refer patients and their families to local resources for lifestyle changes related to nutrition and physical activity. 

When you bring your child to the clinic, you will receive: 

  • An extensive evaluation that searches for the causes of your child’s obesity. 
  • A complete physical exam, blood work and other studies as indicated to screen for potential health problems related to being overweight or obese. 
  • A basic plan of intervention and counseling on healthy lifestyle changes that should help your child achieve a healthy weight. 

Clinic staff will make arrangements for any specialty clinic appointments as needed and communicate with the doctor who referred you. 

To refer a patient

Health care providers, please call UK•MDs at 1-800-888-5533 to schedule an appointment with the Pediatric High BMI Diagnostic Clinic. 

For more information on the clinic

For more information about the services provided by the Pediatric High BMI Diagnostic Clinic, contact Aurelia Radulescu, MD, at aradu2@uky.edu or call the BMI clinic staff at 859-257-3971

To find out more

American Academy of Pediatrics 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Page last updated: 10/16/2013 4:08:15 PM

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