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.

A New Resource for Obesity Medicine Clinicians

The Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® guidelines are a clinical tool to help health care professionals make informed decisions when treating obesity in children. They provide 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.

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What's Included in the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm

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

Additional Pediatric Resources

Supplement your copy of the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm with these educational options:

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:

Cuda S, Censani M, Joseph M, Browne N, O’Hara V. Pediatric Obesity Algorithm, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. 2018-2020.