Obesity and Overweight

Family physicians should screen patients age six years or older for obesity and offer or refer for intensive multicomponent behavioral interventions to prevent obesity related morbidity and mortality. Effective intensive interventions typically last one to two years and involve at least 12 visits during the first year. Family physicians should also offer or refer adult patients who are overweight or obese and have additional cardiovascular risk factors to intensive multicomponent behavioral interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention. Family physicians are encouraged to participate in local, state and national efforts to improve nutrition and encourage physical activity for both children and adults. (2004) (July 2019 BOD)