Obesity prevention, screening, and treatment: practices of pediatric providers since the 2007 expert committee recommendations

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2011 May;50(5):434-41. doi: 10.1177/0009922810394833.


This study surveyed pediatric primary care providers at a major academic center regarding their attitudes and practices of obesity screening, prevention, and treatment. The authors compared the care providers' reported practices to the 2007 American Medical Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Expert Committee Recommendations to evaluate their adherence to the guidelines and differences based on level of training and specialty. Of 96 providers surveyed, less than half used the currently recommended criteria for identifying children who are overweight (24.7%) and obese (34.4%), with attendings more likely to use the correct criteria than residents (P < .05). Although most providers felt comfortable counseling patients and families about the prevention of overweight and obesity, the majority felt their counseling was not effective. There was considerable variability in reported practices of lab screening and referral patterns of overweight and obese children. More efforts are needed to standardize providers' approach to overweight and obese children.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Obesity / diagnosis*
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Obesity / therapy
  • Overweight / diagnosis
  • Overweight / prevention & control
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • United States / epidemiology