Pediatric Obesity Clinical Tools...

  • Who is it for?

    Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and other interested health care professionals.

  • How do you get it?

    These resources can be downloaded at no charge from this page and printed for clinician use.

  • How is it used?

    Clinicians use these tools to prevent, assess and treat childhood overweight and obesity.

This package of clinical tools is the result of a collaborative effort among health care professionals, public health professionals, and researchers. The Pediatric Obesity Clinician Reference Guide was developed by a committee of North Carolina physicians, with input from a larger panel of clinicians, and was reviewed by health care professionals, public health professionals and researchers. It is based on the recommendations of the Expert Committee convened by the American Medical Association, in collaboration with the Health Resources and Service Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released in Pediatrics in December 2007. To complement the Pediatric Obesity Clinician Reference Guide, several other tools are provided: color-coded BMI charts, blood pressure tables, and prescription pads for promoting simple healthy messages for patients and their families.

Pediatric Obesity Clinician Reference Guide

Clinician Reference Guide
Clinician Reference Guide (Professional Print Version)
This reference guide is based on the AMA Expert Committee Recommendations. A committee of North Carolina physicians led the development of this tool, with input from a larger group of contributors and reviewers. For the full list of designers, contributors and reviewers, click here. The guide includes references to appropriate journal articles and resources. It is intended to be printed, front and back, on 8.5 x 14" paper and tri-folded.

Color-Coded BMI Charts

BMI Chart for Boys
BMI Chart for Girls
These color-coded versions of the 2000 CDC BMI charts also provide the 99th percentile BMI cut-points for childhood obesity.

Blood Pressure Tables

Blood Pressure Table for Boys
Blood Pressure Table for Boys, black and white
Blood Pressure Table for Girls
Blood Pressure Table for Girls, black and white
These tables provide gender-specific blood pressure levels by age and height percentile. They are available in color and black/white.

Prescription Pads Promoting "5-3-2-1-Almost None" Prevention Messages

  • 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily
  • 3 structured meals daily - eat breakfast, less fast food, and more meals prepared at home
  • 2 hours or less of TV or video games daily
  • 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily
  • Limit sugar-sweetened drinks to "almost none"

Prescription Pad
Prescription Pad (Spanish)
Prescription Pad, black and white
Prescription Pad, black and white (Spanish)
Non-customizable prescription pads are available in color and black/white.
Customizable Prescription Pad
Customizable Prescription Pad (Spanish)
Customizable Prescription Pad, black and white
Customizable Prescription Pad, black and white (Spanish)
Customizable prescription pads are available in color and black/white.

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