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As a pediatrician who specializes in bariatric medicine, Dr. Angela Fals is a recognized expert in dealing with complex weight issues in children. She is the Medical Director of Florida Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Weight and Wellness Program, and she leads our team of experts at the Center for Child & Family Wellness along with our child psychologist, Dr. Pratt.

Understanding that kids who are overweight are likely to experience medical issues such as depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, respiratory and sleep disorders, and asthma as they grow to adulthood, Dr. Fals focuses on addressing current health problems and proactively tackling the reasons that a child may be having weight management issues.

While Dr. Fals is highly skilled in both preventive and surgical methods for treating children’s weight problems, medications and weight-loss surgery are generally not the prescribed methods for addressing childhood obesity. Instead, when Dr. Fals recognizes that a child’s mental or physical health may be jeopardized due to their weight, she helps devise an integrated and comprehensive wellness plan with the assistance of our psychological, nutritional and exercise specialists.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, obese children are more likely to have the following health issues:

  • Asthma
  • Depression/Low Self-Esteem
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Bone and Joint Problems
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Social and Psychological Problems

Long-term health effects of childhood obesity can include:

  • Adult Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Liver and Gallbladder Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis

If your child is having health or emotional issues related to their weight, or if you need help motivating him or her to be more active and healthy, contact our center at 407. 303.9200, or fill out an online appointment request form.