Childhood obesity treatment: government guidelines & recommendations

Treatment - Obesity (NHS)

The NHS offers the different treatment options available for people living with obesity. See more

Obesity: identification, assessment and management (NICE)

These NICE guidelines cover identifying, assessing and managing obesity in children (aged 2 years and over), young people and adults. It aims to improve the use of bariatric surgery and very-low-calorie diets to help people who are obese to reduce their weight. See more

Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. Implementation Plan: Executive Summary (WHO)

The Ending Childhood Obesity implementation plan guides Member States and other partners on the actions needed to implement the recommendation of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. This document provides a summary of the recommended actions for policymakers. See more

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Juvenile Obesity (Ministry for Health and Social Policy)

This Clinical Practice Guideline covers the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence. It aims to establish a set of recommendations to prevent and treat overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence. Regarding treatment, the guideline covers clinical management of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence. See more

Clinical Commissioning Policy: Obesity surgery for children with severe complexe obesity (NHS England)

This document describes the evidence that has been considered by NHS England in formulating clinical policy to routinely commission obesity surgery for children with severe and complex obesity for a small number of highly selected patients. See more

Guideline on clinical evaluation of medicinal products used in weight control (European Medicines Agency)

This document is an addendum to the Guideline on Clinical Investigation of Medicinal Products used in Weight Control for Adults. It provides guidance on the clinical investigation of medicinal products used in weight control in the pediatric population and should be read in conjunction with the Annex I to Directive 2001/83/EC, as amended, and with relevant European or ICH guidelines for conducting clinical trials, as outlined in the adult guideline. See more

Childhood obesity (Mayo Clinic)

These recommendations look, among other things, at the diagnosis and treatment of childhood obesity. See more

Obesity in children (BMJ Best Practice)

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool that offers a step-by-step approach to help manage patient diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. See more

Management of Obesity: A national clinical guideline (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network)

This guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on the prevention and treatment of obesity within the clinical setting, in children, young people and adults. The focusof prevention is on primary prevention, defined here as intervention when individuals are at a healthy weight and/or overweight to prevent or delay the onset of obesity. The guideline addresses:

  • Primary prevention of obesity in children, young people and adults
  • Treatment of overweight/obesity by diet and lifestyle interventions
  • Treatment of obesity by pharmacological therapy and bariatric surgery
  • Prevention of weight regain following treatment 

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Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England (Department of Health)

This document sets out how the new approach to public health will enable effective action on obesity and encourages a wide range of partners to play their part. See more.

Pediatric Obesity - Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline (Endocrine Society) 

The objective of this guideline is to formulate clinical practice guidelines for the assessment treatment, and prevention of pediatric obesity. See more

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia (Australia Government Department of Health)

These Guidelines are designed for use primarily at the level of the individual who is overweight or obese, while acknowledging that individual choices are shaped by the wider environmental and social context. The evidence-based recommendations and practice points focus on clinical and physical aspects of care. An underlying principle is that care is centred on the needs of the effected individual, that it is culturally appropriate, nondirective and nonjudgmental, and that it enables people to participate in informed decision-making at all stages. See more

Assessing and managing children at primary health-care facilities to prevent overweight and obesity in the context of the double burden of malnutrition: Updates for the integrated management of childhood illness (World Health Organisation)

The objective of this guideline is to provide guidance on appropriate assessment and management of infants and children at primary health-care facilities, in order to reduce the risk of overweight and obesity among children, including those living in settings where both undernutrition and overweight/obesity are prevalent. Three specific areas and related questions were prioritized:

  • Anthropometric assessment and classification of the nutritional status of infants and children presenting to primary health-care facilities;
  • Management of infants and children with acute or chronic malnutrition presenting to primary health-care facilities;
  • Management of children who are overweight or obese presenting to primary health-care facilities.

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Childhood obesity plan (New Zealand Ministry of Health) 

This package of initiative aims to prevent and manage obesity in children and young people up to 18 years. See more.

Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action, chapter 2 (Department of Health and Social Care, HM Government)

With the first version developed in August 2016, the plan identified the key challenges that need to be addressed if we wish to reduce childhood obesity across the UK. See more

Curbing Childhood Obesity (Canadian Government)

Given the rising rates of childhood obesity in Canada, a Framework for Action was developed where the F/P/T Ministers of Health and/or Health Promotion/Healthy Living Ministers agreed to work collaboratively on three integrated strategies. See more.

Clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric obesity: recommendations from the Committee on Pediatric Obesity of the Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition 

Given that pediatric obesity has been identified as one of the priority health issues, the "Committee on Pediatric Obesity of the Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroentereology, Hepatology and Nutrition (KSPGHAN) developed an evidence-based guidleine on the approach to childhood obesity in South Korea." See more