NWS-5.2 Increase the proportion of primary care physicians who regularly assess body mass index (BMI) for age and sex in their child or adolescent patients

National Data Source
National Survey of Energy Balance Related Care among Primary Care Physicians; Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Applied Research Program (FDA and NIH/NCI/APR)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
49.7 (2008)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement

Number of primary care physicians who assess the body mass index for age in their patient’s aged 2-17 at every well-patient visit, every visit, or annually


Number of primary care physicians who see patients 17 years and younger

Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Survey on Energy Balance Related Care Among Primary Care Physicians, Child Questionnaire:


How often do you assess the following in children or adolescents (ages 2-17)?

Body mass index (BMI)-for age growth chart

  1. Every well patient visit
  2. Every visit
  3. Annually
  4. As clinically indicated
  5. Never
  6. Other interval (specified by respondent)
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable


Methodology Notes

Primary care physicians include family practice physicians and pediatricians.

Sample weights are used to reflect differential selection probabilities of the two physician specialties, non-response, and undercoverage of the target population.