Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Management and Treatment in Health Care Settings

The resources provided below relate to the management and treatment of obesity, and are provided to assist healthcare professionals and partners in the course of their work. For more information related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity-related topics within healthcare settings, please see the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Health Care Resources page.

Obesity Management and Treatment in Health Care Settings

  • American Medical Association (AMA): Public Health: Position on Obesity.

  • Children and Adolescents Treatment: Specific recommendations and charts from "Obesity Evaluation and Treatment: Expert Committee Recommendations."

  • Children: Treatment Algorithm: A detailed screening and treatment algorithm that provides a succinct, pictorial approach to preventing and managing care for overweight children.  Developed as part of the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. 

  • Make Your Calories Count: General information and tools from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Pediatric Recommendations (PDF, 220 KB): The Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity.  The committee was convened by the American Medical Association (AMA) and co-funded in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Related documents: Full Report (PDF, 1.2 MB) .

  • Prescription Medications for the Treatment of Obesity: General information from the Weight-control Information Network (WIN).

  • Weight Loss Strategies: Research findings from the National Weight Control Registry.

  • When to Use Drug Therapy in the Treatment of Obesity: A summary article from the American Family Physician.

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Last Revised: August 19, 2016