Journal article

Issues in obesity monitoring, screening and subsequent treatment

Melissa Wake

CURRENT OPINION IN PEDIATRICS | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2009

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite intense policy, media and research interest, childhood obesity rates continue to rise in most countries. Screening may seem a logical response to a situation in which obesity does not usually resolve spontaneously, yet most obese children do not present for treatment. This article explores recent evidence for and against monitoring and screening of children's BMI. RECENT FINDINGS: Whether conducted in primary care or school settings, population screening of children's BMI can be feasible, acceptable and not intrinsically harmful. However, it incurs a substantial cost, and randomized controlled trials do not suggest that it improves BMI outcomes. Population trends i..

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Grants

Awarded by Population Health Career Development Award


Funding Acknowledgements

Melissa Wake is part-funded by Population Health Career Development Award 546405 (Australian National Health & Medical Research Council). Thanks are due to Hannah Bryson for her contribution to work that preceded this paper, and to Dr Cbioha Ukoumunne for the sample size calculations (Table 1).