Pediatric Obesity Algorithm®: A Clinical Tool for Treating Childhood Obesity

Understanding Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a serious public health threat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity affects 12.7 million infants, children, and adolescents ages 2 to 19. Childhood obesity treatment requires an understanding of the patient’s family and cultural background as well as medical and psychological expertise.

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About the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm®

The Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® guidelines are a clinical tool to help health care professionals make informed decisions when treating obesity in children. This resource provides age-specific recommendations and a staged treatment approach for treating childhood obesity. 

The Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® was developed by practicing pediatricians and clinicians who treat obesity in infants, children, and adolescents. It combines scientific evidence, medical literature, and clinical experience into one document to educate clinicians and help them implement evidence-based practices. Clinicians can use the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® as a resource when making treatment recommendations or when referring their patients to childhood obesity specialists.

Topics include:

  • Overall Management Goals
  • Epigenetics
  • Assessment
  • Obesity as a Disease
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Review of Symptoms
  • Diagnostic Work-up
  • Physical Exam
  • Nutritional Recommendations and Management
  • Activity Recommendations
  • Co-morbidities
  • Pharmacology
  • Medication-related Weight Gain

Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® 2020-2022 Updates – What’s New?

Updates to the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® includes many features to make this tool more applicable in clinical practice; including, specific considerations for special populations, nutritional recommendations for patients with obesity and adiposity-related diseases, and advanced therapies for pediatric obesity..

Other updates include:

  • Special populations including, Down syndrome, Turner syndrome and Achondroplasia
  • Gut microbiome
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Intermittent fasting
  • Plant-based diets
  • Nutritional therapy and specific complications associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, familial hypercholesterolemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and attention deficit disorder
  • Non-nutritive sweeteners
  • Rare genetic variants of obesity
  • Advanced therapies for pediatric obesity

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Bookmark your online copy of the 2020-2022 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® e-book to quickly and easily reference evidence-based clinical pediatric obesity treatment techniques in your busy day-to-day practice. Members of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) will receive access to the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm e-Book completely  FREE. If you are not a member yet, join now and save! In addition to the free e-Book (a $39 value), you’ll receive free registration to all webinars, free or discounted education, access to year-round networking opportunities, career development resources, and much more!  

Interactive e-book features include: Clickable table of contents, keyword search, links to additional education resources, printable PDF, and a mobile-friendly design, so you can view the e-book on your phone or tablet during patient visits. 

Member Price: FREE
Non-Member Price: $39

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Purchase the printed Pediatric Obesity Algorithm®

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The 2020-2022 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® is also available in print. The spiral bound, full-color printed copy serves as a great reference tool for your practice.

Member Price: $59
Non-Member Price:$89

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Download the 2020 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm PowerPoint

The 2020-2022 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® also comes in a PowerPoint format, perfect for when you’re giving a presentation and need a pre-built slide deck. Use the PowerPoint to educate your colleagues about the field of obesity medicine and treatment guidelines for childhood obesity. To download the free slides, click the button to be redirected to the download form. 

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Referencing the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm®

The Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® is subject to a copyright of the Obesity Medicine Association. To reference the use of the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm for educational purposes, please use the full reference: 

E-book Citation: Cuda S, Censani M, O’Hara V, Browne N, Paisley J. Pediatric Obesity Algorithm eBook, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. 2020-2022. (Accessed = insert)

Print Version Citation: Cuda S, Censani M, O’Hara V, Browne N, Paisley J. Pediatric Obesity Algorithm, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. 2020-2022.

PowerPoint Citation: Cuda S, Censani M, O’Hara V, Browne N, Paisley J. Pediatric Obesity Algorithm Slides, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. 2020-2022. (Accessed = insert date)