Aims & Scope

Childhood Obesity is the only peer-reviewed journal that delivers actionable, real-world obesity prevention and weight management strategies for children and adolescents. Health disparities and cultural sensitivities are addressed, and plans and protocols are recommended to effect change at the family, school, and community level. The Journal also reports on the problem of access to effective healthcare and delivers evidence-based solutions to overcome these barriers.

Childhood Obesity coverage includes:

  • Genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors causing obesity in children and adolescents
  • Prevention and management initiatives and interventions
  • Strategies to promote education and policy changes
  • The role of primary care healthcare providers
  • Long-term health risks for overweight children
  • Health disparities and lack of access to health care
  • Economic impact of childhood obesity
  • Research advances

Childhood Obesity is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Tom Baranowski, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Editor Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children & Harvard Medical School, and other leading investigators. View the entire editorial board.

Audience: Physicians; nurses; dietitians; diabetes specialists and educators; nutritionists; psychologists; health counselors; school administrators; community organizers; and federal, state, and local health experts and policymakers; among others


The Journal is in collaboration with the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Childhood Obesity is published in collaboration with the Institute for Professional Education.

Indexed/Abstracted in:



PubMed Central;

Science Citation Index Expanded;

Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition;

EMBASE/Excerpta Medica;



CINAHL® database;

ProQuest databases;


CAB Abstracts;

Global Health;

FSTA - Food Science and Technology Abstracts;

The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.