Variation in establishing a diagnosis of obesity in children.


Journal Article

Consensus guidelines provide recommendations for the diagnosis and management of obesity. We conducted a medical record review of children initially diagnosed with obesity at a general pediatrics visit. The diagnosis was made most often at health maintenance visits (46%). Body mass index was documented in 5% of initial visits; 74% had documentation of obesity-related history; 64% had documentation of counseling. In multivariate analysis, male patients were more likely to have diet history documentation; female patients were more likely to have weight loss program referrals. Future research should assess pediatricians' perceptions about obesity to better understand clinical practice patterns.

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Cited Authors

  • Mabry, IR; Clark, SJ; Kemper, A; Fraser, K; Kileny, S; Cabana, MD

Published Date

  • April 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 221 - 227

PubMed ID

  • 15821846

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15821846

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-2707

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-9228

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/000992280504400305


  • eng