Most state Medicaid programs and commercial payers do not pay for any physician services when they are performed for the treatment of obesity or when linked to the diagnosis of overweight. Some payers may cover services when the child is diagnosed with morbid obesity.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is currently involved in numerous obesity-related projects. The Obesity Leadership Workgroup was formed to address the AAP strategic priority on pediatric obesity. In collaboration with appropriate entities within the AAP, private payer advocacy is working to improve the financial support for pediatric obesity.

The AAP and the American Dietetic Association are working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, as part of the Alliance Healthcare Initiative. This effort encourages leading insurers, national medical associations, and employers to offer comprehensive health benefits to children and families for the...

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