Clinical Practice Guidelines

Public comments invited on draft APA guideline on obesity treatment in children and adolescents

Deadline for comments is Nov. 5, 2017.

The American Psychological Association seeks comments from all interested individuals and groups — including psychologists, health care professionals, researchers, clients/patients and their families, APA governance members and the general public — on the draft "Clinical Practice Guideline for the Behavioral Treatment of Obesity and Overweight in Children and Adolescents."

The website containing the draft guideline document and comment portal opened Sept. 5, 2017. It will remain open for comments until Nov. 5, 2017.

Comments will provide the panel that is developing the guideline with valuable input as it works to produce the final version. It is anticipated that the final version will be submitted to the Council of Representatives for approval as APA policy at its February 2018 meeting.

This clinical practice guideline focuses specifically on recommendations related to delivering behavioral treatment for obesity and overweight in children and adolescents. Given the strong support for this approach as a first-line intervention, the guideline evaluates what is currently known about the conditions that maximize outcomes when delivering behavioral treatment with this population. The guideline does not offer recommendations related to other possible interventions for obesity and overweight in children and adolescents (e.g., medication or surgery), although that may be an important extension in future work.

Questions about this guideline and APA’s clinical practice guideline initiative may be directed via email.