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.
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
- Social Consequences affecting Children with Obesity
- Physical Exam & Diagnostic Work-up
- Foundational Treatment for Obesity in Children
- Intensive Lifestyle Therapy
- Weight Promoting Medication Management
- Medical Interventions | Pharmacotherapy, Device and Endoscopic Therapies, and Metabolic & Bariatric Surgical Therapies
- Nutritional & Physical Activity Recommendations and Management
- Food Insecurity
- Co-morbidities Related to Obesity
- Behavioral Health
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.
2023 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® | Print
The spiral bound, full-color printed copy serves as a great reference tool for your practice.
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2023 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® | E-book
Interactive e-book features include: Clickable table of contents, keyword search, links to additional education resources, printable PDF, and a mobile-friendly design.
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2023 Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® | Abridged Resource
Use this pre-built slide deck PDF to educate your colleagues about the field of obesity medicine and treatment guidelines for childhood obesity.
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. www.obesitymedicine.org/childhood-obesity. 2023-2024 www.obesitymedicine.org/childhood-obesity (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.
Looking for More Pediatric Obesity Resources?
Visit the Pediatric Obesity Resources page for a curated list of references to support your childhood obesity medicine practice.