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Interdisciplinary Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management Reference List

Be sure to review the exam content outline before selecting the references you will need.

Online Position Statements, Guidelines, Reports


American Diabetes Association. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes-2020. Diabetes Care Jan 2020;43(Suppl. 1).

Apovian CM, Aronne LJ, Bessesen DH, et al. Pharmacological Management of Obesity: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016; 100(2):342-362. 

Barlow SE. Expert Committee Recommendations Regarding the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity: Summary Report. Pediatrics. 2007; 120:S164-S192. or  

Butryn ML, Webb V, and Wadden TA. Behavioral Treatment of Obesity. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2011; 34(4); 841-859.

Donnelly JE, Blair SN, Jakicic JM, et al. ACSM Position Stand—Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2009; 41(2)459-471.

Erlandson M, Ivey LC, and Seikel K. Update on Office-Based Strategies for the Management of Obesity. Am Fam Physician. 2016; 94(5):361-368.

Garber CE, Blissmer B, Deschenes MR, et al. ACSM Position Stand—Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neuromotor Fitness in Apparently Healthy Adults: Guidance for Prescribing Exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011; 43(7):1334-1359.

Garvey WT, Mechanick JI, Brett EM, et al. America Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology Clinical Practice Guidelines for Comprehensive Medical Care of Patients with Obesity. Endocrine Practice. 2016:(aop).

Garvey WT, Garber AJ, Mechanick JI, et al. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology Position Statement on the 2014 Advanced Framework for a New Diagnosis of Obesity as a Chronic Disease. Endocrine Practice. 2014; 20(9):977-989.

Jensen MD, Ryan DH, Apovian CM, et al. 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Circulation. 2014; 129:S139-S140.

MacLean PS, Wing RR, Davidson T, et al. NIH Working Group Report: Innovative Research to Improve Maintenance of Weight Loss. Obesity. 2015; 23(1):7-15.

Mechanick JI, Apovian C, Brethauer S, et al. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Perioperative Nutrition, Metabolic, and Nonsurgical Support of Patients Undergoing Bariatric Procedures - 2019 Update cosponsored by AACE/ACE/TOS/ASMBS/OMA/ASA. Surg Obes Rel Dis. 2020 Feb; 16(2) 175-247.

Michalsky M, Reichard K, Inge T, et al. ASMBS Pediatric Committee Best Practice Guidelines. Surg Obes Rel Dis. 2012; 8:1-7.

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Interventions for the Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016; 116:129-147.

US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. 2nd Ed.    

US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Agriculture. 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 9th ed.

US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement: Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults. Ann Intern Med. 2012; 157:373-378.
US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement: Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents. J Amer Med Assoc. 2017 June 20; 317(23):2417-2426.

Hardcopy Publications

American College of Sports Medicine. ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2018. ISBN: 978-1496339072

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association; 2013. ISBN: 978-0890425558

Cummings S, Isom K. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Bariatric Surgery. 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2015. ISBN: 978-0880914857

Steelman GM, Westman EC. Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2016. ISBN: 978-1482262070

Wadden TA, Bray GA.  Handbook of Obesity Treatment. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Guilford Press; 2018.  ISBN: 978-1462535569

Whitney EN, Rolfes SR. Understanding Nutrition. 16th ed. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning; 2021. ISBN: 978-0357447512

Zastrow, C. Social Work with Groups: A Comprehensive Worktext. 9th ed. Cengage Learning; 2014. ISBN: 978-1285746401

Note: The references listed above are suggestions. It should not be inferred that studying these references will ensure success on the examination nor should it be assumed that items on the examination are based on any specific resource listed.  If any provided links have broken since publication, please conduct a search of the article citation for alternate availability.  

Updated: 9/2021