The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes the following policy documents:
- Policy Statements are statements of advocacy, direction or a public health position of concern to the Academy, including recommendations.
- Technical Reports are based on a literature review and data analyses but do not contain recommendations.
- Clinical Reports provide guidance for the pediatrician in the clinical setting, addressing best practices and state of the art medicine but does not include formal recommendations.
- Clinical Practice Guidelines are based on a comprehensive literature review and data analyses with formal rules of evidence in support of each recommendation made.
Clinical Policy Guidelines are evidence-based decision-making tools for managing common pediatric conditions. Authoring entities are required to review policy statements 3 years after approval by the BOD to reaffirm, retire or revise the policy. When circumstances require, policy may be reviewed sooner. Clinical reports may be reviewed and reaffirmed or revised as desired by the authoring body. Policy statements, technical reports and clinical reports are automatically retired 5 years after publication unless reaffirmed or revised.
Endorsed Policy Statements are those that have been developed by other organizations, but that have received the endorsement of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Obesity guidelines, policy statements and reports
The following publications are the most pertinent policy to obesity assessment, prevention and treatment. Additional statements specific to comorbidities, contributing factors or positive prevention activities are found below this first group of documents.
AMA/CDC Recommendations for Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity (AAP Endorsed)
- Expert Committee Recommendations Regarding the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity: Summary Report
- Recommendations for Prevention of Childhood Obesity
- Assessment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity
- Recommendations for Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity
Other Relevant Academy Statements
Committee on Adolescence
- Identification and Management of Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents
- Insufficient Sleep in Adolescents and Young Adults: An Update on Causes and Consequences
Committee on Child Health Financing
- Guiding Principles for Managed Care Arrangements for the Health Care of Newborns, Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
- Scope of Health Care Benefits for Children From Birth Through Age 21
Committee on Native American Health
- Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Children, With Special Emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native Children
Committee on Nutrition
- Advocacy for Improving Nutrition in the First 1000 Days to Support Childhood Development and Adult Health
- Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations
- Preventing Obesity and Eating Disorders in Adolescents
- The Role of the Pediatrician in Primary Prevention of Obesity
- Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks for Children and Adolescents: Are They Appropriate?
- The Metabolic Syndrome in Children and Adolescents: Shifting the Focus to Cardiometabolic Risk Factor Clustering
- The Use of Nonnutritive Sweeteners in Children
Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness
Council on Children with Disabilities
- Promoting the Participation of Children With Disabilities in Sports, Recreation, and Physical Activities
Council on Communications & Media
- Media and Young Minds
- Media Education
- Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents
- Children and Adolescents and Digital Media
- Children, Adolescents, and the Media
- Children, Adolescents, and Advertising
Council on Community Pediatrics
Council on Environmental Health
Council on School Health
- The Crucial Role of Recess in School
- Creating Healthy Camp Experiences
- Snacks, Sweetened Beverages, Added Sugars, and Schools
Section on Breastfeeding
Section on Obesity
- Stigma Experienced by Children and Adolescents with Obesity
- Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents
- Related Social Media Assets:
- Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
- Related Social Media Assets:
- Pediatric Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Evidence, Barriers, and Best Practices
Adolescent Sleep Working Group
Related Endorsed Statements
- Dietary Recommendations for Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Practitioners (American Heart Association)
- Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in High-Risk Pediatric Populations (American Heart Association)
- Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents (American Diabetes Association)
- The Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents (National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group)
Other relevant clinical references
The following articles and reports are not endorsed by the AAP and are provided for informational purposes.
- Effectiveness of Weight Management Programs in Children and Adolescents - Agency for Healthcare Quality (AHRQ) Evidence Report
- Pharmacological and Surgical Treatment of Obesity - Agency for Healthcare Quality (AHRQ) Evidence Report
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