Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Obesity

Publication Date: January 9, 2023
Last Updated: May 12, 2023

Assessment and Evaluation

Key Action Statements

Pediatricians and other PHCPs should measure height and weight, calculate BMI, and assess BMI percentile using age- and sex-specific CDC growth charts or growth charts for children with severe obesity at least annually for all children 2 to 18 y of age to screen for overweight (BMI ≥ 85th percentile to <95th percentile), obesity (BMI ≥ 95th percentile), and severe obesity (BMI ≥ 120% of the 95th percentile for age and sex). (B, R)
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Treatment

Key Action Statements

Pediatricians and other PHCPs should treat overweight (BMI ≥ 85th percentile to <95th percentile) and obesity (BMI ≥ 95th percentile) in children and adolescents, following the principles of the medical home and the chronic care model, using a family-centered and nonstigmatizing approach that acknowledges obesity’s biologic, social, and structural drivers. (B, S)
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Overview

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Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Obesity

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