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Release Date: July 2005
This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for overweight children and adolescents.
Summary of Recommendation
- The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against routine screening for overweight in children and adolescents as a means to prevent adverse health outcomes.
Grade: I Statement.
Screening and Interventions for Overweight in Children and Adolescents, July 2005
Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 155 KB; PDF Help)
Summary of the Evidence (PDF File, 2 MB; PDF Help)
Evidence Synthesis (PDF File Download)
Commentary (PDF File, 62 KB; PDF Help)
Video: How to Talk with Your Patients When Evidence Is Insufficient (3:30 minutes, Windows Media®)
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Current as of July 2005
Screening and Interventions for Overweight in Children and Adolescents, Topic Page. July 2005. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsobch.htm