13 Key Action Steps on Pediatric Obesity Evaluation and Treatment: An American Academy of Pediatrics Guideline Topline


The American Academy of Pediatrics on January 9 published landmark recommendations on the evaluation and treatment of obesity in children and adolescents that propose proactive assessment by pediatricians and other pediatric health care providerss and "immediate, intensive" treatment as soon as a diganosis is made.

The comprehensive guideline incorporates data collected over more than a decade on health equity, structural racism, social determinants of health, and weight bias and stigma in addition to the leading evidence on the physiology of the disease of obesity and on new and emerging treatments.

The following guideline topline highlights the AAP's Key Action Statements -- recommendations based on evidence from RCTs and comparative effectiveness trials as well as longitudinal and epidemiologic studies.

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