Textbooks and Chapters

Koplan JP, Liverman CT, Kraak VA. Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth. Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, The National Academy Press, 2004. The report provides a broad-based examination of the nature, extent, and consequences of obesity in US children and youth, including the social, environmental, and dietary factors responsible for its increased prevalence.

Committee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics. Handbook on Nutrition. Comprehensive handbook w/ summaries of issues and recommendations for normal infant and childhood nutrition practices.

Review Articles

International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Center for Health Promotion. Treatment of overweight children an adolescents: A needs assessment of health practitioners. Pediatrics 2002 (Suppl);110:203-238. Series of six articles on management of the obese child and adolescent.

Ebbeling CB, Pawiak DB, Ludwig DS. Childhood obesity: public-health crisis, common sense cure. Lancet 2002;360:473-482.

Gidding SS, Leibel RLl, Daniels S, et al. Understanding obesity in youth. A statement for healthcare professionals from the Committee on Atherosclerosis and Hypertension in the Young of the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young. American Heart Association. Circulation 1996;94:3383-3387.

American Diabetes Association. Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents. Pediatrics 2000;105:671-680

International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). JO Hill and FL Trowbridge, Eds. The Causes and Health Consequences of Obesity in Children and Adolescents. (Suppl) Pediatrics 1998;101:497-574. Series of eight articles on assessment and causes of obesity among children and adolescents.

Steinberger J, Daniels SR. Obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular risk in children. American Heart Association Statement. Circ 2003;107:1448.

Original Reports

Whitaker RC, Wright JA, Pepe MS, et al. Predicting obesity in young adulthood from childhood and parental obesity. N Engl J Med 1997;337:869-873.


North American Association for the Study of Obesity
Pediatric BMI charts


Clinical algorithms, Practice Standards, Position Papers

American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy Statement. Prevention of pediatric overweight and obesity. Pediatrics 2003;112:424-430.

Barlow SE, Dietz WH. Obesity evaluation and treatment: Expert committee recommendations. Pediatrics 1998; 102:e29. Summary of recommendations for all health care providers for children to guide the evaluation and treatment of overweight children and adolescents.

Committee on Atherosclerosis and Hypertension in the Young. Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young and the Nutrition Committee, American Heart Association. Understanding Obesity in Youth. Circulation 1996;94:3383-3387.