Nutrition and obesity

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

What do you think of sugar?

We asked the children at Christopher Hatton primary school earlier this year. Here's what they had to say!

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.

The Welsh Government is consulting on its forthcoming obesity strategy. To get involved in the RCPCH submission, please contact our External Affairs Manager in Wales:
We have created a number of recommendations for the Government of each nation which we believe will improve childhood obesity.

Latest news on obesity and nutrition

Growth is an important indicator of a child's health. Our charts allow health professionals to plot and measure your child's height and weight from birth to young adulthood.

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.

Read our resources on nutrition and obesity