Canadian clinical practice guidelines on the management and prevention of obesity in adults and children [summary].

CMAJ. 2007 Apr 10;176(8):S1-13.2006
Lau DC, Douketis JD, Morrison KM, Hramiak IM, Sharma AM, Ur E;
Obesity CanadaClinical Practice Guidelines Expert Panel. Department of Medicine, Julia McFarlane Diabetes Research Centre, Diabetes andEndocrine Research Group, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alta.dcwlau@ucalgary.ca
We have attempted to use a rigorous, evidence-based approach to the development of the practice recommendations, while also acknowledging the breadth of topics to be assessed and the inherent limitations of the obesity literature on these topics.
In addition to making recommendations for treatment interventions, the most common application of clinical practice guidelines, we have also provided recommendations on interventions related to screening and prevention at the individual and population levels.
The recommendations are based on a prespecified process that was overseen by the Steering Committee. Specific chapters of the guidelines were delegated to a group of content experts within the Expert Panel, who performed a systematic literature review and were responsible for drafting the recommendations for each chapter. Recommendations were appraised by an independent Evidence-based Review Committee, members of which assessed whether the assigned level of evidence reflected the strength of the existing literature. The interactive process by which the recommendations were developed, reviewed and revised included 4 joint meetings of the Steering Committee and Expert Panel. The final draft of the guidelines was reviewed by the Steering Committee and by external stakeholders and experts, who included representatives from academia, industry and government and non government officials.