Below are documents from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on pediatric obesity and CPT coding for patients who are overweight or obese as well as information that may help you develop a better understanding of pediatric obesity and the attitudes held by patients and their families. In addition, the US Preventive Services Task Force has updated its recommendations regarding screening for obesity in children and adolescents. The USPSTF now recommends that clinicians screen children age 6 years of age and older for obesity. and offer or refer them for intensive counseling and behavioral interventions. Please see the link below to read the summary of the 2010 recommendation. We have also posted the article that is a systematic review of the evidence for these recommendations. We have also provided a link to the national Let's Go! program that provides information and a toolkit to help you incorporate obesity screening and management into your practice. Please do not hesitate to call the WOW program office if you have questions about these national initiatives to provide our children and adolescents with healthy lives!
AAP Policy Statement on Prevention of Pediatric Obesity
Guidelines for Promoting Healthy Weight
Pediatric Obesity Attitudes, Services,and Information Among Rural Parents
2010 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations on Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents
Effectiveness of Weight Management Interventions in Children: A Targeted Systematic Review for the USPSTF