Appointments are made only by a referral from a physician.  Physicians should call Children's Direct at 800.678.HELP (4357) to make a referral.

The Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Healthy Start Clinic offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating childhood obesity. The clinic focuses on providing optimal medical, nutritional, behavioral and educational support to obese patients and their families. The Healthy Start Clinic promotes new beginnings to initiate changes leading to improvement in our patient’s health and well-being.

MBSAQIP Accredited CenterThe Healthy Start Clinic is an accredited center by the American College of Surgeons.  


Where and when are the visits?

Patients are seen on Fridays in the Healthy Start Clinic in Suite 2C located on the second floor of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

How do I refer a patient?

We accept patients, ages 5-18, with a body mass index (BMI), or weight for length, greater than the 95th percentile for age. For most children and adolescents, this translates to a BMI greater than 30 kg/m2.

Why Choose Us?

St. Louis Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals. We follow one simple mission – to do what’s right for kids. That mission comes to life through medical discovery, innovative therapies and compassionate care.

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We offer world-class care to children thanks in part to generous gifts from hundreds of people who have joined us in making health care better for all children. This philanthropic support enables us to fulfill our mission to do what's right for kids.

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