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Aims & Scope

Childhood Obesity continues to be the premier journal that informs clinical care, supports health equity, influences public health and health care services, affects health policy change, and translates science advances across audiences, all to improve the physical and mental health of children, adolescents, and families affected by obesity. Priority is given to manuscripts that can inform: clinical practice, health policy, and public and population health approaches to childhood obesity

The Journal focuses on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research and systematic reviews in the following areas: 

  • Obesity prevention and management initiatives and interventions that are safe, compassionate, and equitable, whether in clinical settings or part of public health efforts
  • Dissemination and implementation research to accelerate adoption of effective strategies 
  • Policy and environmental factors, including structural and systematic factors that contribute to health inequities and disparities
  • Determinants of obesity: biological, behavioral, environmental, and socio-cultural 
  • Public and population health, focused on obesity prevention and treatment
  • Obesity education of clinicians, researchers, health leaders, policy makers, and other key stakeholders 
  • Intergenerational transmission, long-term lifespan risks, comorbidities, and complications of obesity
  • The impact and elimination of weight bias and stigma
  • Social determinants of health, health disparities, structural inequities, access to care, and interventions focused on vulnerable and at-risk children, who are most affected by obesity. 

Childhood Obesity is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Joseph A. Skelton, Wake Forest School 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

Society Affiliations

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.


  • PubMed/MEDLINE
  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • CINAHL® database
  • ProQuest databases
  • PsycINFO
  • CAB Abstracts
  • Global Health
  • FSTA® (formerly Food Science and Technology Abstracts)
  • SafetyLit
  • BenchSci
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.