From January 2004 to September 2005, researchers from the University of Rochester Center for Child Health Research collected, synthesized and disseminated information about barriers and facilitators to the routine use of Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment in primary care child health practices.
The research team:
BMI is useful but underutilized, and thus childhood obesity and risk for it may go undetected and untreated.
Clinicians have unique opportunities to address childhood obesity, but cannot do so without monitoring weight trends.
Further efforts are needed to overcome barriers to the adoption of BMI screening and to improve community and clinical strategies to address childhood obesity.