Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

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PEDIATRICS (Impact Factor: 5.3). 02/2010; 125(2). DOI: 10.1542/peds.2009-2037

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 exam- ined 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). Pediatrics 2010;125:361-367

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