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Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Professional Resource Guide



This professional resource guide 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 professional resource guide 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 professional resource guide has been developed by NCEMCH.

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Resources for Professionals


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).


Reports, Guides, and Other Resources

Data and Statistics

Literature and Research Databases
Programs Databases

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Resources for Child Care and Early Education Programs

Related MCH Digital Library Resources

Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Professional Resource Guide, 4th ed. (December 2012). (Updated: September 2016).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH; Breanne C. Wilhite, B.S..
Reviewers: Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.