Overweight and Obesity

for Health Professionals

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The IOM (2011) defined clinical practice guidelines as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options."

Systematic Evidence Reviews

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined a systematic evidence review as "a scientific investigation that focuses on a specific question and uses explicit, prespecified scientific methods to identify, select, assess, and summarize the findings of similar but separate studies.


NHLBI in the Press
The improvement in cholesterol levels among children and teens in the United States still leaves a half empty glass. There have been hopeful changes, but still 50% of Americans ages 6 to 19 have less than ideal cholesterol levels; and as many as 25% of them are in the clinically high range.