Adolescent Obesity: Review of the Treatment Literature

  • Valerie H. MyersEmail author
  • Brooke L. Barbera


Childhood and adolescent obesity is a worldwide health concern due to its rapidly increasing prevalence and its associated medical and social consequences (Fowler-Brown, & Kahwati, 2004). The number of overweight children in the United States is reaching epidemic proportions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classify overweight in children and adolescents according to two levels: (1) being at risk for overweight, which is identified as a body mass index (BMI) between the 85th and 95th percentiles for age and gender as measured by growth charts from the National Center for Health Statistics for children aged 2–17 and (2) being overweight, which is determined by a BMI of 95th percentile for age and gender (Kuczmarski et al., 2002; Ogden et al., 2006). The prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents is higher than 20 years ago in all ethnic, age, and gender groups, and obesity among teenagers has nearly tripled (Hedley et al., 2004; Ogden, Flegal,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pennington Biomedical Research CenterLouisiana State University SystemBaton RougeUSA

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