Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


College of Nursing


Nursing Practice

First Advisor

Kathleen M Scharer


Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has nearly tripled since 1980. Children and adolescents are at risk for developing the comorbidities seen in obese and overweight adults such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea. Traditional treatment for obese and overweight children involved counseling children and their families. Current recommendations include a comprehensive staged approach to weight management that includes prevention plus structured weight management, comprehensive multidisciplinary intervention and tertiary care intervention. Unfortunately structured weight management programs have not been widely available, leaving the primary provider with limited options.

The purpose of this project was to analyze the literature to determine evidence-based approaches in the management and treatment of pediatric obesity in primary care. Evidence was evaluated and recommendations for the management of obese children and adolescents were proposed.


© 2014, Lori Moseley

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