CE Credit

Management of Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Welcome to the training on Management of Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.50 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and other health professionals to apply best practices in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents from birth through age 20.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Assess patients’ risk factors for overweight and obesity as part of routine checkups.
  2. Apply best practices in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of overweight and obesity.
  3. Employ practical intervention strategies to help prevent overweight and obesity by promoting healthy nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle habits.
  4. Assess and address weight bias in your practice.

Note: In this module, the term “parent” also includes guardians and other caregivers. The terms “young people” and “youth” encompass children and adolescents. 

Please note this module expires on 11/5/2022.

This module was released on 11/5/2019.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

AbilityPath.org: Online hub and community unites professionals and parents from around the globe to learn, share, and support the ongoing healthy development of children and youth with special needs and disabilities. Advice, tool kits, and practical tips available in English and Spanish. (n.d.).

Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for Pediatricians. Variety of tools and resources to help pediatricians screen for food insecurity, and connect families to support and resource services. (2019). From the AAP and the Food Research and Action Center. http://frac.org/aaptoolkit OK 5-29-19

Before, Between & Beyond Pregnancy: Information and educational resources about women’s health, including how to incorporate preconception counseling into your practice. (2019). From the National Preconception Health & Health Care Initiative.

BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen: Provides BMI and the corresponding BMI-for-age percentile based on the CDC growth charts for children ages 2 through 19 years. (2019). From the CDC.

BMI Calculator for Adults (ages 20 and older). (2018). From the CDC. 

Clinical Growth Charts: Reflect modifications in the format of the individual charts. Available for boys and girls. (2017). From the CDC.

Eat More Color: Downloadable infographic showing the five main color groups and the fruits and vegetables within each group. (n.d.). From the American Heart Association.

How to Make a Family Media Plan: How-to for families to set goals and limits for media use by their children and adolescents. (2016). From the AAP.

Initial History Questionnaire: Printable questionnaire to obtain patient and family history. (2010). From the AAP.

Motivational Interviewing: Overview of MI, including background, methods, and assessing readiness for change. (n.d.). From the Texas Pediatric Society. 

Motivational Interviewing training. Change Talk: Childhood Obesity: Free clinical training simulation to help build motivational interviewing skills. Available online and for mobile devices. (n.d.). From the AAP and Kognito.

Next Steps: A Practitioner’s Guide of Themed Follow-up Visits to Help Patients Achieve a Healthy Weight: Handy references, available in both English and Spanish, that outline a series of planned follow-up visits to teach evidence-based weight management strategies that can lead to success for practitioner and patient. (2013). From the AAP.

Obesity Prevention Program: Works to make healthy choices easier for all Texans wherever they live, work, and play. (2019). From the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Obesity Toolkit: Practical guidelines to aid pediatricians in the prevention, early recognition, and clinical care of children and adolescents with overweight or obesity issues. (n.d.). From the Texas Pediatric Society. 

Policy Opportunity Tool: Designed for healthcare professionals with experience in advocacy who are interested in focusing their efforts on obesity prevention. (n.d.). From the AAP.

Texas Medicaid Providers Procedure Manual: Providers’ principal source of information about Texas Medicaid. Regularly updated to reflect the most recent policy and procedure changes. (2019). From the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership.

Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Resources for families and communities that empower children to develop lifelong healthy habits.

ChooseMyPlate: Variety of online tools, resources, and print materials you can distribute to patients at preventive medical checkups for guidance about healthy eating. Some are available in Spanish and all can be downloaded for free. (2019). From the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program: Offers a number of health and physical fitness resources, including professional development tools such as workshops, webinars, and podcasts. From Shape America (Society of Health and Physical Educators).

Fuel Up to Play 60: Supports student participation in creating positive changes in their schools, such as improving opportunities to eat nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. From the National Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with the USDA. 

Healthy Active Living for Families: Positive, family-focused messages on obesity prevention and physical activity counseling specific to developmental stages of infancy, toddlerhood, and early childhood. Included are handouts specifically developed for Spanish-speaking families. From the AAP.

HealthyChildren.org: Parenting website committed to the best physical, mental, social health, and well-being for all children. Resources include parental guidance and health-related programs, policies, guidelines, and publications. From the AAP.

Healthy Living Challenge: Resources include printable calendars in English and Spanish promoting healthy living. The calendars offer a month’s worth of health-related daily challenges. From the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.

Kids Eat Right: Articles, videos, and tools on nutrition. From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Move Your Way: Physical activity campaign to promote the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Includes tips, tools, videos, and fact sheets to help parents motivate children to become more active. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition: Works to increase sports participation among youth of all backgrounds and abilities and to promote healthy and active lifestyles for all Americans. From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

School Health Guidelines: Research and best practice guidelines for promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity in schools. From the CDC.

The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained or adapted from the Mayo Clinic, Medical Dictionary by TheFreeDictionary, Merriam-Webster, the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.