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A Resource from the American College of Preventive Medicine

Prevalence of obesity in children in the United States (U.S.) has increased in recent decades and childhood and adolescent obesity has reached epidemic proportions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 17% of children and adolescents in the U.S. ages 2 to 19 are obese. Obesity kills more Americans every year than AIDS, all cancers, and all accidents combined and is causing problems in children that were unthinkable 30 years ago.

The CDC defines overweight as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85th percentile for children of the same age and sex. Obese children have a BMI at or above the 95th percentile. To address obesity, information and medical guidance from health care professionals should be provided to discuss concerns about nutrition and weight with adolescents and parents.

The Adolescent Obesity Time Tool developed by the American College of Preventive Medicine is an innovative educational tool designed to assist the provider in managing adolescent obesity issues. It will increase awareness, provide education, and offer the guidance of the best evidence and guidelines in the delivery of an adolescent health services on obesity. The tool includes an executive summary of the evidence and a practical approach to delivering the needed services to patients in the context of a clinical visit. It is complemented by a robust clinical reference document delineating the epidemiology,the clinical evidence, recommendations by various professional and government entities, and additional resources.

This educational activity is intended for primary care providers.

After completing this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence and impact of overweight and obesity on adolescents.
  • Identify key lifestyle factors to address while counseling adolescents and their parents on nutrition, exercise and healthy weight loss.
  • Learn how to access the tools and resources needed to assess, prevent and manage overweight and obesity in adolescents.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The American College of Preventive Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Preventive Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 1.0AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The estimated time to complete this activity is 1.0 hour.
To earn CME credit for this educational activity:

  1. Read the CME information on this page.
  2. Read the Time Tool and Resource Document.
  3. Complete the CME post-test exam with a score of at least 70%.
  4. Complete the CME evaluation survey.
  5. Your CME certificate will be sent to you via e-mail.


April 2011 through April 2013. Original release date: April 2011


These materials have been reviewed by the members of the American College of Preventive Medicine and partners to ensure the continued scientific accuracy and medical relevance of information presented and its independence from commercial bias.

  • Robert Gilchick, MD, MPH
    Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Programs
    Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Nicole L. Mihalopoulos, MD, MPH
    Department of Pediatrics
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Jacqueline Sedgwick, MD, MPH
    Department of Family and Community Medicine
    University of California
    San Francisco, CA

In the interest of providing an educational experience free of commercial bias, and as the accredited provider of CME for this activity, the American College of Preventive Medicine was responsible for decisions regarding educational content and allocation of funds. All individuals involved in the planning, development, and delivery of educational activities are required to sign a conflict of interest statement in which they disclose any relevant financial interests or other affiliations with industry or other associations which may have direct and substantial interest in the subject matter of the CME activity. Such disclosure allows program participants to better evaluate the objectivity of the information presented in the program.

  • Robert Gilchick, MD, MPH
  • Nicole L. Mihalopoulos, MD, MPH
  • Jacqueline Sedgwick, MD, MPH
  • Larry Matson, Medical Writer 

This program is supported by a cooperative agreement from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Office of Adolescent Health.

These pages may be viewed using standard Internet browser applications (e.g., Internet Explorer). They may also be downloaded as PDFs and read using standard PDF reader applications (e.g., Adobe Acrobat Reader).

The American College of Preventive Medicine collects personal information from participants in this online activity for purposes of assigning CME credit only. We will not share or sell your contact information, and your answers to quizzes and feedback forms will be kept confidential.

This material is copyright of the American College of Preventive Medicine.


If you have questions regarding this CME activity, please contact cme@acpm.org.

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