Updates for members, the health profession, parents and carers on the progress of the College's objective to detect, treat, manage – and ultimately prevent – obesity.
- Nearly a third (31%) of children aged 2–15 are overweight or obese1
- The direct cost of obesity to the NHS is estimated to be £4.2bn a year2
- At Reception and Year 6, children in the poorest decile are almost twice as likely to be obese compared those in the most affluent decile3
Realising our obesity objective requires all levels of society and government recognising responsibility and taking collective action to achieve a cultural shift to reduce the number of our children and young people that are obese or overweight.
Our corporate aim is that ‘by 2015, 60% of Members responding to a poll should believe the campaign has been effective and be aware of and have access to the training materials available’ (RCPCH College Plan 2012-15).
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) launched its report,(PDF, 339KB, 60 pages). It makes 10 recommendations starting with the medical profession, but addressed across society at reducing the impact of the obesogenic environment.
The AoMRC is currently discussing how best to build a campaign to take forward the recommendations. The College has provided policy and communications support to the inquiry and report.
Please contact Isobel Howe, Health Policy Lead, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Voicing our position
Standards and guidelines
Consideration of Issues around the Use of BMI Centile Thresholds for Defining Underweight, Overweight and Obesity in Children aged 2-18 Years in the UK (PDF, 386KB, 15 pages) - joint statement, published by the RCPCH and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), April 2012
OSCA Consensus Statement on the Assessment of Obese Children and Adolescents for Paediatricians (PDF, 264KB, 28 pages) - Obesity Services for Children and Adolescents (OSCA) Network Group, 2009
Storing Up Problems: The Medical Case for a Slimmer Nation - RCPCH, Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Public Health, 2004
Tackling Obesity through the Healthy Child Programme: A Framework for Action (PDF) - Mary Rudolf, 2009.
Low Levels of Knowledge on the Assessment of Underweight in Children and Adolescents among Middle-grade Doctors in England and Wales - Lee Hudson, Charlotte Cumby, Robert Klaber, Dasha Nicholls, Paul Winyard, Russell Viner, 2013
Courses and events
How to Manage: paediatric nutrition - London, 23 September 2014
Progressing Paediatrics: managing childhood obesity - London, 24 October 2014
Isobel Howe, Health Policy Lead - email@example.com
2. Department of Health, Obesity: General Information - accessed 29 September 2011