76424 - The practical management of childhood obesity
This activity will explore childhood obesity. Topics covered in this activity include:
- the common causes of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents
- the recommended approach to assessing weight in this patient cohort
- the recommendations to weight management in the paediatric patients.
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 – a rate that is three times higher today than 25 years ago. This means that approximately 1.8 million Australian youth are overweight, while half a million are clinically obese.
Extreme paediatric obesity affects more children than cancer, cystic fibrosis, HIV and type 1 diabetes combined. In addition, children who are overweight or obese are developing diseases formerly only seen in adults. Obesity costs the Australian economy $21 billion/year.
General practitioners are ideally positioned to initiate conversations around childhood obesity, and to provide appropriate advice and management to paediatric patients and their families.