Thursday, June 21, 2007

Expert Committee Releases Recommendations to Fight Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

Expert Committee releases recommendations to fight childhood and adolescent obesity Friday (June 8) the Expert Committee on the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity released recommendations for the management of overweight and obese children. The committee, made up of representatives from fifteen health professional organizations*, 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).
Note: The link is to the press release. As you read the release, at the end of the 4th paragraph you find another link to the actual recommendations page. Once you get to that page, the recommendations are listed as a PDF on the right side. If you don't want to read through all the accompanying materials, the PDF link is:
The committee's work is an important step forward and updates the 1998 guidelines. These new recommendations further address a critical public health issue for those who care for children and adolescents. CDC will take the expert committee's recommendations under advisement.

*The following organizations are members of the Expert Committee:
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of Family Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine
American Dietetic Association
American Pediatric Surgical Association
American Psychological Association
Association of American Indian Physicians
The Endocrine Society
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of School Nurses
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Medical Association and the Obesity Society

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