Variation in establishing a diagnosis of obesity in children

Iris R. Mabry, Sarah J. Clark, Alex Kemper, Kiesha Fraser, Sharon Kileny, Michael D. Cabana

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-227
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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