Screening for and management of obesity in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement

Ann Intern Med. 2012 Sep 4;157(5):373-8. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-5-201209040-00475.


Description: Update of the 2003 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement on screening for obesity and overweight in adults.

Methods: The USPSTF reviewed new evidence on the benefits and harms of screening and primary care–feasible or referable nonsurgical weight-loss interventions.

Recommendation: The USPSTF recommends screening all adults for obesity. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with a body mass index of 30 kg/m(2) or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions (B recommendation).

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / therapeutic use
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cost of Illness
  • Female
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening*
  • Obesity / diagnosis*
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Overweight / diagnosis
  • Overweight / therapy
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Risk Assessment


  • Anti-Obesity Agents