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® provides health care professionals with an algorithm that guides the treatment of children and adolescents with overweight and obesity. The algorithm is based upon scientific evidence, supported by medical literature, and derived from the clinical experiences of practicing pediatric clinicians who treat obesity in infants, children, and adolescents. The algorithm 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:

  • Foundational Statements of Pediatric Obesity Management
  • Obesity as a Disease
  • Overall Management Goals
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Epigenetics
  • Assessment
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Review of Symptoms
  • Social Consequences affecting Children with Obesity
  • Physical Exam
  • Diagnostic Work-up
  • Special Populations
  • Foundational Treatment for Obesity in Children
    • Intensive Lifestyle Therapy
    • Weight Promoting Medication Management
  • Advanced Treatment for Obesity in Children
    • Pharmacotherapy
    • Device and Endoscopic Therapies
    • Metabolic & Bariatric Surgical Therapies
  • Nutritional Recommendations and Management
    • Food Insecurity
  • Activity Recommendations
  • Co-morbidities Related to Obesity
    • Physiological
    • Behavioral Health
  • Resources
  • References

Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® 2023 Updates – What’s New?

Updates to the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® include the latest scientific evidence, medical literature, and clinical experience organized to educate pediatric clinicians in the implementation of evidence-based obesity medicine practice in children. The 2023-2024 update includes the latest literature; particularly the advances in anti-obesity medication therapy in the pediatric population. Additional features include: current knowledge of the effects and mechanisms of action of weight promoting medications and best practice in management of these drugs; the impact of epigenetics and social determinants of health; and a clinical decision tree that takes obesity phenotypes into account when choosing anti-obesity medications. 

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Bookmark your online copy of the 2023 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. 

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Non-Member Price: $39

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Purchase the printed Pediatric Obesity Algorithm®

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The 2023 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® is also available in print. The spiral bound, full-color printed copy serves as a great reference tool for your practice.

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Non-Member Price:$99

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Download the 2023 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm PowerPoint

The 2023 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, Williams D, Karofa R, Conroy R, Browne A, Paisley J, Karjoo S, Browne NT. Pediatric Obesity Algorithm, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association. 2023-2024 (Accessed = Insert date)

Print Version Citation: Cuda S, Censani M, O’Hara V, Williams D, Karofa R, Conroy R, Browne A, Paisley J, Karjoo S, Browne NT. Pediatric Obesity Algorithm, presented by the Obesity Medicine Association.