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190979 - The practical management of childhood obesity

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
0.5 hour

This activity aims to improved GPs confidence in managing obesity and overweight in children and will explore the:
• common causes of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents
• recommended approach to assessing weight in this patient cohort
• recommendations for weight management in paediatric patients.

Relevance to General Practice

The incidence of overweight and obesity among children has increased dramatically in recent decades, with about one in four children and adolescents in Australia now classified as either overweight or obese. It is also estimated that by 2025 that number is going to rise to one in three Australian children who will be overweight or obese.
Children who become obese are likely to stay obese into adulthood. This then increases the risk of them suffering from obesity-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and other complications. Interventions for overweight and obesity during the early stages of development are therefore an important part of patient care.
General practitioners are well placed to screen for overweight and obesity and work with parents and children to implement simple interventions. This learning activity will therefore explore these interventions and the importance behind them through the use of a case study.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the recommended approach to weight assessment in children and adolescents.
  • List the common causes of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.
  • Describe the recommended approach to weight management in children and adolescents.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Children and young people health
    190979 - The practical management of childhood obesity
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    0.5 hour
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