Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

Pediatric Sector
Children & Adolescent Obesity

Visits to the Children and Adolescent Obesity Department at IASO Children’s Hospital are scheduled by appointment and offer comprehensive care for its young patients.

According to the World Health Organization, the increase of overweight and obese individuals of all ages is a major public health problem worldwide, due to epidemic proportions reached in recent years.

Various studies have proved the relationship between obesity and Complete Metabolic syndrome, i.e. a group of metabolic disorders (high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia, central obesity, etc.) that act synergistically in the long-term development of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

However, overweight and obese children are at risk for becoming obese adults and developing complete metabolic syndrome and its complications at a younger age.

As a result, fighting childhood obesity should be the number one priority of the medical community.

“Champions” in childhood obesity:

  • 18% overweight/10% seriously overweight preschool-aged children1,
  • 28% overweight/13% seriously overweight school-aged children and adolescents2.



1. Karafatos et al, Ind J Endocrinol Metab 2012
2. Manios et al, Int J Pediatr Obes 2011

As Greece is among the countries with the highest rate of childhood and adolescent obesity worldwide, individual –and social- level interventions are essential in order to prevent and reduce the phenomenon that leads to adverse effects in adulthood.

The Childhood and Adolescent Obesity Department at IASO Children's Hospital offers comprehensive care for its young patients and aims at preventing and treating childhood obesity.

The Department's team of highly trained specialists comprises:

  • a Pediatric Endocrinologist
  • a Clinical Nutritionist-Dietitian
  • a Psychologist


Under the guidance of IASO Children’s Hospital team of specialists, the Department endeavors to provide nutrition education to children and their families, aiming first at both the prevention and treatment in cases where obesity is ascertained.