NICE round up: Weight management in children and young people
There are a range of approaches to prevent children and young people aged under 18 years of age becoming obese or overweight, including interventions in lifestyle weight management.
NICE has published a quality standard that focuses on these interventions in a number of statements. The standard is for the use of NHS organisations, schools, locals authorities and providers of lifestyle weight management programmes. More than a fifth (22.5%) of children aged between four and five measured in the National Child Measurement Programme 2013/2014 were discovered to be either overweight or obese.
A key intervention that’s emphasised is children, young people and their parents or carers being provided with information on the nutritional content of food. This allows them to make an informed choice on meals they have, therefore enabling them to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
The standard is expected to be a means for future improvements in: mental wellbeing, children and young people having excess weight, self-esteem, type 2 diabetes in children and young people and dietary habits.