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This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about the prevention, identification, management, and treatment of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in homes, schools, and communities. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use this knowledge path to learn more about overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, to improve care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. Separate briefs list resources for families, schools, and child care and early education programs. This knowledge path has been developed by the MCH Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically.

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For a definition of the terms, metrics, and cut-off values used to describe and assess overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, see the report, Ogden CL, Flegal KM. 2010. Changes in Terminology for Childhood Overweight and Obesity. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

For a description of the magnitude of the problem of obesity in children and adolescents and the challenges and strategies being used to combat the problem, see the report, Bell J, Rogers VW, Dietz WH, Ogden CL, Schuler C, Popovic T. 2011. CDC Grand Rounds: Childhood Obesity in the United States. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). View the video clip of the presentation.

For an overview about the prevalence, causes, and consequences of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, including disparities in racial, ethnic, and low-income groups, see the booklet, American Heart Association (AHA). 2010. Understanding Childhood Obesity. Dallas, TX: American Heart Association (AHA).


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Resources for Child Care and Early Education Programs

Related MCH Library Resources

Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Knowledge Path, 4th ed. (December 2012). (Updated: August 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: S. Jean Emans, M.D., Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Alison Field, Sc.D., Boston Children's Hospital; Stephanie Loup, M.P.H. and R.D. candidate, University of Minnesota; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library; Tracy Richmond, M.D., M.P.H., Boston Children's Hospital; Mikaela Robertson, M.P.H. and R.D. candidate, University of Minnesota; Kendrin Sonneville, R.D., Sc.D., Boston Children's Hospital.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.