• Clinical Guidance

    One-third of adults and 17% of youth in the United States are considered obese. You play a critical role in counseling patients about healthy interventions to promote weight loss or prevent the onset of obesity. The AAFP offers you evidence-based, and practical obesity and fitness resources to support your patients’ weight management needs. These can help you:

    • Identify obstacles to nutritional eating habits and suggest alternative food choices.
    • Recommend positive behavioral strategies, such as ways to cope with stress, cognitive behavior therapy options, food journaling, and how to establish a social support network.
    • Set realistic physical activity goals.

    Managing Your Practice

    Coding & Payment: How to Support Chronic Care Management Services
    Coordinated Care and Care Management Tools and Resources
    Annual Wellness Visit
    Quality Measures: Identify Opportunities to Improve Patient Care

    The AAFP in conjunction with the Core Quality Measure Collaborative promotes measure harmonization across programs and payers. Listed here are the measures currently selected to evaluate obesity.

    Obesity Quality Measures
    0421/ 0421e

    Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up

    National Committee for Quality Assurance

    No longer NQF endorsed. Developer plans to maintain measure independently.

    eCQM available

    0024  0024 Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents (WCC) National Committee for Quality Assurance
    Telehealth eligible 

    Implementation Tools and Considerations

    Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine into Family Practice
    Lifestyle medicine focuses on five main domains: connectedness, movement, nutrition, recovery, and substance use. When addressing all domains together, lifestyle medicine can address multiple chronic diseases simultaneously.

    AAFP TIPS: Quality Improvement
    Train your team on the benefits, concepts, and steps of the quality improvement process to enhance the care you provide. Includes two online learning courses, three customizable slide decks, and six downloadable tools. CME: 1 AAFP Prescribed credit; Free to members.

    Helping Patients Set Fitness Goals
    Encouraging your patients to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle for weight management is a crucial wellness strategy, but these conversations can be challenging.


    Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine into Family Practice

    Family physicians are positioned to champion and prescribe lifestyle medicine in the clinic. This can address multiple chronic diseases simultaneously.


    Clinician Education                                                                

    AAFP Continuing Medical Education

    Obesity CME for the Family Physician
    CME Incorporating Lifestyle Medicine into Everyday Practice 

    View all AAFP CME activities related to the following topics:

    Wellness and Preventive Care
    Cardiovascular Conditions

    AFP Journal       
    Obesity Topic Module
    Health Maintenance and Counseling Topic Module 
    Nutrition Topic Module     


    FPM Journal
    FPM Topic: Obesity
    How to Use Group Visits to Manage Obesity
    Ending the Stigma: Improving Care for Patients Who Are Overweight or Obese
    How to Help Patients Who are Overweight or Obese Feel Welcome in Your Practice