One in three children in the UK are obese by age 9. This increase is leading to more cases of type 2 diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure in children. We campaign for politicians to tackle it and help deal with the serious clinical and family consequences for those treating or suffering from related conditions.
Obesity is one of the biggest public health threats facing the UK and the biggest human-generated burden on the economy after smoking. Our 2017 State of Child Health report explored some of the challenges and potential solutions.
As a member of OHA, we agree urgent population-level policy interventions to reduce rates of overweight and obesity and to address the social inequality and cultural differences in overweight and obesity prevalence.
Its benefits are beyond question - for mother and baby - but breastfeeding rates in the UK remain low. We support national policies, practices and legislation that are conducive to breastfeeding, as well as promotion, advice and support to new parents.
The RCPCH is part of the Obesity Health Alliance – a coalition of over 40 organisations with expertise in tackling obesity. Find out more about our campaigning activity and calls to action including our push to restricting junk food advertising prior to the 9pm watershed.
RCPCH President says the OHA analysis 'comes at an important time' as the Government prepares to consult on the issue, but warns weight management services are needed to help children already obese get back to a healthy weight.
Professor Russell Viner has today urged the Government to ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 16, and calls for "regulation and education" to protect against the hidden dangers to health from energy drinks.
This report from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges presents 10 key recommendations – an ‘action plan’ – of steps that the organisation believes must be taken to make real inroads into tackling the obesity crisis in the UK.
Our subject guides on a range of child health topics are for researchers interested in child health and the history of paediatrics. Nutrition and diet affects all aspects of life and are important for growth and development.
The RCPCH campaigns to improve child health in a number of ways, from securing policy commitments from political parties that will improve the health and lives of children and young people to lobbying on issues such as breastfeeding or water fluoridisation. Find out how you can join our campaigns and advocacy work.
This information bundle on early childhood presents interventions to ensure that all children have a healthy start in life and their parents are supported to do this. The interventions in early childhood aim to reduce the number of children who become ill or whose illness progresses unnecessarily du...
The health of today’s children and young people (CYP) will be one of the key factors in determining whether England is healthy and prosperous over the next 50 years. In our reports, published October 2018, we used long term historical data on key CYP health outcomes and various projection modelling ...
The BMI centile is a simple and reliable indicator of a healthy body weight in childhood. Where severe overweight or underweight is a concern, or where there is a need for monitoring weight over time, BMI can be calculated and plotted on this chart.