Pediatric Obesity

  • Brie A. MooreEmail author
  • Amanda Drews

Clinical Definition

Body mass index (BMI; weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters) is the most common measure of weight status, and is considered a reliable indicator of body fatness for most children and teens (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007). Overweight children are commonly defined as those aged between 2 and 20 years with a BMI value greater than the 95th percentile for their age and sex (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007). Children with a BMI value falling between the 85th and 95th percentiles for their age and sex are characterized as ‘at-risk for overweight' (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007).


A few decades ago, childhood obesity was a rare condition. In the 1960s, one in every 24 children aged 6–11 years was overweight (National Center for Health Statistics, 2002). With the exception of few early researchers (e.g., Bacon & Lowrey, 1967), the treatment of pediatric obesity has also historically...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CareIntegra, Inc.University of NevadaRenoUSA

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