This e-guidance is designed primarily as an educational resource for physicians, to help them identify and treat adult obesity. It is not intended to guide treatment of children, adolescents, or of the elderly who are frail and sedentary.

Adherence to this e-guidance is completely voluntary and does not necessarily assure a successful outcome. This document is an overview and is not intended to be used as a definitive guide for treating individual patients. In determining the propriety of any specific treatment, procedure or test, each physician should apply professional judgment to the specific circumstances.

Physicians are encouraged to document the reasons for the choice of a particular treatment, procedure or test, whether or not they conform with this e-guidance. They also are advised to consider other medical and scientific information that becomes available after the adoption of this e-guidance.

This e-guidance document is not for use in connection with matters involving reimbursement, credentialing or utilization review. Such uses involve considerations that are beyond the scope of this document.

Products or services mentioned in this document are provided for informational purposes only and not as an endorsement. Neither Shape Up America! nor the American Obesity Association has evaluated any of the products or services listed and makes no warranty or endorsement regarding their quality or cost. Each physician should independently evaluate any product or service that s/he is considering recommending to a patient.