AAP Childhood Overweight and Obesity
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Policy Statements

The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes the following policy documents:

    Policy Statements are organizational principles to guide and define the child health care system and/or improve the health of all children.

    Clinical Reports provide guidance for the clinician in rendering pediatric care.

    Technical Reports are background information to support Academy policy.

    Clinical Policy Guidelines are evidence-based decision-making tools for managing common pediatric conditions.

Authoring entities are required to review policy statements 3 years after approval by the BOD to reaffirm, retire, or revise the policy. When circumstances require, policy may be reviewed sooner. Clinical reports may be reviewed and reaffirmed or revised as desired by the authoring body. Policy statements, technical reports, and clinical reports are automatically retired 5 years after publication unless reaffirmed or revised.

Endorsed Policy Statements are those that have been developed by other organizations, but that have received the endorsement of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Obesity guidelines, policy statements, and reports

The following publications are the most pertinent policy to obesity assessment, prevention, and treatment. Additional statements specific to comorbidities, contributing factors, or positive prevention activities are found in alphabetical order below this first group of documents.

AMA/CDC Recommendations for Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity. - AAP Endorsed

Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity

Active Healthy Living: Prevention of Childhood Obesity Through Increased Physical Activity

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Other relevant clinical references

The following articles and reports are not endorsed by the AAP and are provided for informational purposes.

Effectiveness of Weight Management Programs in Children and Adolescents
Agency for Healthcare Quality (AHRQ) Evidence Report

Pharmacological and Surgical Treatment of Obesity
Agency for Healthcare Quality (AHRQ) Evidence Report

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