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. 

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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”. Updated November 2016. Available at: https://www.uspreventive Accessed November 2, 2016.

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