April 18, 2024

Health Care Recommendations | Let’s Go!

In 2017, Let’s Go! and statewide partners created recommendations for health care providers and their teams around the prevention, assessment, management and treatment of childhood obesity. In early 2020, a committee was formed to update these recommendations with new and emerging evidence. An extensive literature search was performed, draft recommendations developed, and an advisory committee created to review the new recommendations. The advisory committee met over 9 months to offer guidance and in August 2021 the recommendations were finalized. These recommendations are designed to provide primary care providers and their teams with the latest evidence in obesity care.

Over the next 4 years (2021-2025), Let’s Go! will be developing tools and resources and providing professional development opportunities for healthcare providers and their teams to support these recommendations.

Goal of Health Care Recommendations

  • Increase training for primary care providers and their teams to improve awareness and knowledge of current evidence and strategies to prevent, assess, manage, and treat obesity.
  • Increase adherence to current standards of care for prevention, assessment, management and treatment of obesity

Guiding Principles

  • Obesity is a complex, chronic, multifactorial, neurobehavioral relapsing disease that involves adiposopathy (“dysfunctional adipocytes”) and leads to physiological, structural and functional impairments. It is a disease with various phenotypes and therefore will have variable presentations and treatment responses. Obesity increases risks for developing a multitude of other chronic diseases, decrease in quality of life, and increase in morbidity and mortality.
  • Weight bias, stigma, and inequities including those related to social determinants of health need to be addressed and removed to enable patients to access care for obesity and to reduce the burden of the disease.
  • Evidence-based and evidence-informed guidelines must be used for effective, high-quality, patient-oriented care of children to prevent, assess, manage and treat the disease of obesity.
  • Being aware of diverse beliefs and practicing cultural sensitivity are key to providing equitable care to all patients.
  • Primary Care teams need to be given time and resources to improve their education and self-efficacy to better address and manage the disease of obesity.

Download the full Health Care Recommendations for Childhood Obesity

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