The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 80, Supplement 1, pp 48–54 | Cite as

The Clinical Treatment of Childhood Obesity

  • Diana H. Dolinsky
  • Sarah C. Armstrong
  • Sanjay Kinra
Symposium on Chronic NONCOMMUNICABLE Diseases and Children


With the rising prevalence of childhood obesity, pediatricians are increasingly called upon to treat clinically overweight children. The primary treatment options are behavioral lifestyle modification, pharmacotherapy, and surgery. The cornerstone of childhood obesity treatment is lifestyle modification and has been shown to be effective in improving the severity of overweight and obesity. Several guidelines discuss appropriate methods for lifestyle modification in overweight and obese children. This review will summarize three recent guidelines/recommendations (released by the Scottish Intercollegiate Network, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the United Kingdom National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) and describe by way of example, a current child obesity treatment program in the United States (Duke University Medical Center). Finally, evidence for pharmacologic and surgical treatment options will also be discussed, which can be valuable treatment options for select patients.


Overweight Childhood obesity Treatment Lifestyle 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana H. Dolinsky
    • 1
  • Sarah C. Armstrong
    • 1
  • Sanjay Kinra
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Non-Communicable Disease EpidemiologyLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondonUK
  3. 3.Child and Adolescent DivisionUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK

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