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Editorial
June 20, 2017

The Promise and Opportunities for Screening and Treating Childhood ObesityUSPSTF Recommendation Statement

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Pediatr. Published online June 20, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1604

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.

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