• Poster
  • October 1, 2010

Assessment of the Obese Child and Adolescent: A Survey of Pediatric Obesity Management Programs

First presented at the 2010 meeting of The Obesity Society, also presented at the Association's 2010 Annual Leadership Conference.

Joey C. Eisenmann, PhD
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Healthy Weight Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Background: In 2007, the Expert Committee Recommendations Regarding the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity: Summary Report described how the chronic care model encompasses the necessary components for a health care system to be effective in caring for childhood obesity. One critical component within the chronic care model is the use of practice guidelines in each of the following areas - prevention, assessment, and treatment. In terms of assessment, two major categories - medical and behavioral assessment - were considered and it was emphasized that accurate and appropriate assessment is important. The overall purpose of their paper was to provide a comprehensive approach to assessment based on available evidence to support the assessment of key constructs. However, it is unknown how pediatric obesity management programs are following these recommendations and what specific assessment practices occur in these programs.

Purpose: To provide descriptive information on the assessments conducted in pediatric obesity management programs enrolled in the Association's Childhood Obesity FOCUS Group.

Conclusion: The results of this survey indicate that most programs participating in this survey follow AAP 2007 Assessment recommendations; however, there are a variety of measurement tools used. The variation in assessment tools, protocols, etc. is partially due to the diversity of programs dictated by personnel, both in terms of number and duties. It also shows the difficulty/challenges in standardizing methodologies across clinics if we hope to establish a national registry. In addition to providing a better understanding of the current assessment practices in pediatric obesity management programs, the results provided here in should assist other clinics/hospitals who are developing pediatric obesity programs.