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When should I respond?
  • Raising the issue of weight is the essential choice we need to take if we want to see a shift in child obesity.
  • A commitment in the HM Government’s policy document Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action says people ‘should feel confident discussing nutrition and weight issues with children, their families and adults’ making every contact count.
  • Now is the time to step up and join in the conversation about healthy weight, building your professional development and helping others
What should I be doing?
  • It is not about blame or criticism, talking about healthy weight is a skill that can become a natural part of professional practice.
  • A recent study in the Lancet (2016) by Aveyard et al found that a ‘behaviourally informed, very brief, physician delivered, opportunistic intervention is acceptable to patients and effective in weight loss’.
  • Put another way, talking to people about their weight in a clear, professional and succinct way is actually OK by them, and can help them on their journey of weight loss.
Why should I choose this course?
  • Hundreds of UK health, education, leisure and social care professionals have been trained through this course and felt more confident and prepared to raise the issue of weight, and when followed up they were speaking to people more regularly
  • As one School Nurse said after training and back at work – “It began to feel more normal for me to bring up the conversation about weight and I had less fear of saying the wrong thing”.

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Childhood obesity rates UK:
  • One in five four to five year olds are overweight or obese
  • One in three ten to eleven year olds are overweight or obese
  • Two out of every five children in parts of the UK are overweight or obese when they start secondary school
The environment and childhood obesity:
  • Only 28 per cent of children in England achieve the recommended activity levels
  • On average, 11 to 18 year olds consume three times more than the recommended amount of sugar every day
  • The average child in England spends six hours a day in front of a screen
  • There are 8,000 fried chicken shops in London
  • The average chicken shop meal of chicken, chips and a drink contains 70% of an adult’s daily calories
Obese children are at risk of:
  • Increased absence from school
  • High cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes bone and joint problems, breathing difficulties
  • Emotional and behavioural challenges
  • Increased risk of stigmatisation, bullying and low self-esteem
  • Tooth decay – the most common reason why five to nine year olds are admitted to hospital.
  • Becoming overweight adults
 Currently over half of adults are overweight or obese. Obese adults are:
  • Less likely to be in employment
  • At increased risk of discrimination and stigmatisation
  • At increased risk of hospitalisation
Obesity harms communities. It can lead to;
  • Increased sickness absence, increased demands on health and social care services – severely obese people are more than three times more likely to need social care than those who are a healthy weight
  • A less physically active population and reduced productivity
Obesity does not affect all groups equally. It is far more common among:
  • Children and adults from more deprived areas
  • Some black and minority ethnic groups

The above references have been sourced from Healthy London Partnership Great Weight Debate website.