NICE guidance PH47 details the recommendations for treatment of childhood obesity. 3. This states that lifestyle weight management services should be family-based, multi-component, multi-agency and community-wide as part of a locally agreed long-term obesity care or weight management pathway. Key principles are highlighted in Box 4.

Box 4: Principles of weight management for children and young people 4

  •  Referrers should seek to understand the family’s starting point – this could include whether they understand the benefit of a healthy weight, whether they recognise that their child is overweight, and what, if anything, has already been attempted around weight control.
  • Programmes should emphasise the importance of parent/carer support, but understand that adolescents may respond better separately.
  • Weight maintenance rather than loss may be a realistic short-term goal, especially for children still growing taller.
  • Particular attention should be paid as to how best to support children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, or those in at-risk groups, such as Black or Minority Ethnic communities or low-income families.
  • On completion of a weight management programme, young people should be offered ongoing support for at least a year and be informed of other local services that may further support them in their continuing weight management.

 

References

  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, “Weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese children and young people [PH47],” October 2013. [Online]. Available: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph47. [Accessed 20 October 2016]
  2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, “Weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese children and young people [PH47],” October 2013. [Online]. Available: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph47. [Accessed 20 October 2016]
  3. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, “Weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese children and young people [PH47],” October 2013. [Online]. Available: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph47. [Accessed 20 October 2016]
  4. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, “Weight management: lifestyle services for overweight or obese children and young people [PH47],” October 2013. [Online]. Available: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph47. [Accessed 20 October 2016]