Childhood Obesity

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Understanding Obesity

With 1 out of every 3 children overweight or obese, the Association joins children's hospitals to promote best practice in clinical care and build community capacity to prevent and respond to this staggering health threat.


Presentation or Recording
Childhood Obesity Webinars
November 20, 2014

View recordings of past childhood obesity webinars.

Addressing Prediabetes in Childhood Obesity Treatment Programs: Support From Research and Current Practice
August 1, 2014

Reviews the literature and summarizes practices for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of prediabetes at childhood obesity treatment centers.

Consensus Statements for Comorbidities of Childhood Obesity
August 1, 2014

Participants of FOCUS on a Fitter Future II developed consensus statements for pediatric obesity-related comorbidities.

Reference Material
List of Healthy Options for Rewards and Recognition
July 1, 2014

Developed by members of the FOCUS on a Fitter Future Healthy Hospitals Committee, this list combines best practices in their institutions.

Physical Activity in Clinical Pediatric Weight Management Programs: Current Practices and Recommendations
May 1, 2014

Presented at ACSM's 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health & Disease.

Assessment and Treatment of Obesity in Children 5 Years Old and Under
March 1, 2014

This poster was presented at the Society for Pediatric Psychology in March 2014.

Joining the Childhood Obesity Multi Program Analysis and Study System (COMPASS)
January 1, 2014

Learn more about joining the Childhood Obesity Multi Program Analysis and Study System (COMPASS)

POWER—Developing a Multi-site Pediatric Obesity Management Registry (#3)
October 1, 2013

This poster was presented at the 2013 Children’s Hospital Association Annual Leadership Conference.

Advancing a Healthy Hospital Initiative
July 1, 2013

Recommendations to help children's hospitals advance a healthy hospital environment for patients, families and employees.

Training Guidelines for Psychology Students in Youth Obesity Programs
April 1, 2013

This poster was presented at the American Psychological Association Division 54 Meeting, April 2013.

Attrition and Retention in Pediatric Weight Management: A Multicenter Survey
October 1, 2012

This poster was presented at the 2012 Children’s Hospital Association’s Annual Leadership Conference

Issue Brief
Children's Hospitals Respond to the Childhood Obesity Epidemic
August 29, 2012

This value piece gives policymakers examples of the community benefit provided by obesity programs within children's hospitals.

Public Policy Subcommittee: Obesity Resource Guide
July 1, 2012

Informs hospital staff on statistics and information that can support advocacy efforts on a local, state and national level.

FOCUS on a Fitter Future 2011 Executive Report
April 1, 2012

The FOCUS on a Fitter Future 2011 Executive Report is a brief summary of the work of FOCUS on a Fitter Future II.

Standard or Guideline
Expert Guidelines: Role of Psychologists in Assessment and Treatment of Obese Youth
April 1, 2012

These guidelines aim to assist psychologists working with obese youth in a multidisciplinary setting.

Planning, Building and Sustaining a Pediatric Obesity Program: A Survival Guide
December 1, 2010

This Survival Guide provides practical steps for children's hospitals ready to take their weight management programs to the next level.

Presentation or Recording
Recommendations From the Collaborative on Childhood Obesity
October 19, 2010

This presentation of recommendations from the collaborative on childhood obesity took place at the 2010 Annual Leadership Conference.

Assessment of the Obese Child and Adolescent: A Survey of Pediatric Obesity Management Programs
October 1, 2010

This poster was first presented at the 2010 meeting of The Obesity Society and then again at the Association's 2010 Annual Leadership Conference.

Realizing the Vision: Continuity of Care for Children and Adolescents with Obesity
July 1, 2010

Learn about optimal ways to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care and improved services for children and families affected by obesity.