Screening for obesity in children and adolescents: US preventive services task force recommendation statement

Ned Calonge, Diana B. Petitti, Thomas G. DeWitt, Allen Dietrich, Kimberly D. Gregory, David Grossman, George Isham, Michael L. LeFevre, Rosanne Leipzig, Lucy Nelle Marion, Bernadette Melnyk, Virginia A. Moyer, Judith K. Ockene, George F. Sawaya, J. Sanford Schwartz, Timothy Wilt, Mary Barton

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Abstract

DESCRIPTION: Update of the 2005 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) statement about screening for overweight in children and adolescents. METHODS: The USPSTF examined the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions that are primary care feasible or referable. It also examined the evidence for the magnitude of potential harms of treatment in children and adolescents. RECOMMENDATION. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen children aged 6 years and older for obesity and offer them or refer them to intensive counseling and behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status (grade B recommendation).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-367
Number of pages7
JournalPediatrics
Volume125
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Children and adolescents
  • Clinical practice
  • Obesity
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Calonge, N., Petitti, D. B., DeWitt, T. G., Dietrich, A., Gregory, K. D., Grossman, D., Isham, G., LeFevre, M. L., Leipzig, R., Marion, L. N., Melnyk, B., Moyer, V. A., Ockene, J. K., Sawaya, G. F., Schwartz, J. S., Wilt, T., & Barton, M. (2010). Screening for obesity in children and adolescents: US preventive services task force recommendation statement. Pediatrics, 125(2), 361-367. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-2037