Pediatric Weight Management

PWM: Background Information (2007)


Identifying Information and Availability 

Bibliographic Source

American Dietetic Association. American Dietetic Association Pediatric Weight Management Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline. Chicago (IL): 2007.


This guideline was not adapted from another source. Development of the guideline was conducted in accordance with the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation critical appraisal instrument.

Date Released

December 2006

Guideline Developer 

Professional Association

Source of Funding 

  • Funding for this guideline was provided by the American Dietetic Association, the American Dietetic Foundation, and the US Centers for Disease Control, National Dairy Council, Dairy Management, Inc.

Guideline Committee 

The evidence analysis supporting the development of these guidelines was carried out by three teams:

  • Pediatric Weight Management (Treatment) Work Group
  • Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Work Group
  • ADA Pediatric Weight Management Position Paper Work Group

Pediatric Weight Management (Treatment) Work Group:

  • Christina Biesemeier MS RD LD FADA, Chair
  • Joyce Bittle PhD, RD, LDN
  • Nancy Copperman, MS, RD, CND
  • Heather Holden Med RD LD CDE
  • Shelly Kirk PhD, RD, LD
  • Aida Miles, MMSc, RD, LD
  • Lorrene Ritchie PhD, RD
  • Denise Sofka MPH, RD

Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Work Group:

  • Pat Crawford DrPH, RD
  • Dana Gerstein MPH, RD
  • Karen Peterson PhD, RD
  • Lorrene Ritchie PhD, RD
  • Greg Welk PhD

Evidence Analysts

  • Debby Demory-Luce PhD
  • Michelle Ihmels MS
  • Sarah Kim MPH
  • Sarah Krathwohl MPH
  • Jodee Schaben PhD

Position Paper Authors

  • Lorrene D. Ritchie PhD, RD
    Center for Weight and Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Patricia B. Crawford DrPH, RD
    Center for Weight and Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Deanna M. Hoelscher PhD, RD
    University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX
  • Melinda S. Sothern PhD
    School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

Project Directors

  • J. Scott Parrott PhD
  • Esther F. Myers PhD, RD

ADA Staff

  • Deborah Cummins PhD
  • Cathy Devlin RD
  • Kari Kren MPH, RD
  • Esther Myers PhD, RD
  • Cathy Devlin RD


  • American Dietetic Association Foundation
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dairy Management, Inc.
  • National Dairy Council

Composition of Group that Authored the Guideline 

Members of the Pediatric Weight Management (Treatment) Work Group

Guideline Reviewers

  • William H. Dietz, MD, PhD 
  • David Frankenfield, MS, RD
  • Marion J. Franz, MS, RD, CDE
  • M. Patricia Fuhrman, MS, RD, LD, FADA
  • Van S. Hubbard, MD, PhD
  • Marc S. Jacobson, MD
  • Donna B. Johnson, PhD, RD
  • Elvira Q. Johnson, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
  • Rita M. Johnson, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA
  • Capt. Audrey M. Koertvelyessy, MSN, MA, FNP
  • Nancy M. Lewis, PhD, RD, FADA
  • Kathleen C. Niedert, MBA, RD, LD, FADA
  • Kimberly Robien, PhD, RD, FADA, CNSD
  • Dennis Styne, MD
  • Margaret J. Tate, MS, RD

Financial Disclosures and Potential Conflict of Interest

In the interest of full disclosure, ADA has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the ADA Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have an adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers. Workgroup members have disclosed the following:

Nancy M. Copperman, recieved and Honorarium for the Certificate of Training in Child and Adolescent Weight Management Course.

Heather S. Holden, currently holds memberships with the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Lorrene Ritchie, recieved Grants/Research Support Foundation Iacocca Foundation, Atkins Foundation, Gilbert

Guideline Status

This is the first release of the full guideline.

Guideline Availablility

The guideline will be available online.

Availability of Companion Documents 

The Pediatric Weight Management Toolkit is currently in development. The Toolkit is a set companion documents which detail how the practitioner applies the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline in practice. The Toolkit will include forms such as documentation forms, outcomes monitoring sheets, client education resources, case studies and MNT protocols for implementing the Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline.

Patient Resources

Currently in development and will be within the Pediatric Weight Management Toolkit.

NGC Status

This NGC summary was completed by ECRI on               . The information was verified by the American Dietetic Association on                 .

Copyright Statement

The American Dietetic Association encourages the free exchange of evidence in nutrition practice guidelines and promotes the adaptation of the guidelines for local conditions. However, please note that guidelines are subject to copyright provisions. To replicate or reproduce this guideline, in part or in full, please obtain agreement from the American Dietetic Association. Contact for copyright permission.When modifying the guidelines for local circumstances, significant departures from these comprehensive guidelines should be fully documented and the reasons for the differences explicitly detailed.     


©2007 American Dietetic Association