The publication of the recommendation statement1 and evidence review2 by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on screening for obesity in children is a call to arms to address a prevalent disorder that has immediate health consequences and sets the affected children on a trajectory for a myriad of behavioral and physical health challenges later in life. The USPSTF presents a balanced set of recommendations to guide pediatricians and health care practitioners in managing this public health crisis that they confront on a daily basis. We will briefly review the recommendations and highlight important issues in implementation.
Quattrin T, Wilfley DE. The Promise and Opportunities for Screening and Treating Childhood ObesityUSPSTF Recommendation Statement. JAMA Pediatr. Published online June 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1604