HealthDay News — New guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force recommend that doctors should screen children age 6 years and older for obesity and offer them behavioral therapy to help them lose weight, if necessary.
The draft recommendation is essentially the same as a 2010 final recommendation, but specifies teens for further clarification.
Children and teens who are found to be obese should be referred for “comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions,” the Task Force said.
Such interventions “last at least 26 hours and may include sessions that target both the parent and child; offer information on healthy eating and safe exercise.
Physicians should discuss the use of stimulus control, such as limiting access to tempting foods and limiting screen time; and include supervised physical activity,” the panel explained in a press release.
The draft recommendation is open for public comment through November 28.
“Draft Recommendation Statement: Obesity In Children And Adolescents: Screening – US Preventive Services Task Force”. Uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org. Updated November 2016. Available at: https://www.uspreventive servicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/draft-recommendation-statement165/obesity-in-children-and-adolescents-screening1. Accessed November 2, 2016.