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Childhood Obesity course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCGP, NHS Health Education England

This session explores the diagnosis, management and prevention of childhood obesity. It also looks at how to identify and manage obesity-related comorbidity.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in March 2022.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • recognise and diagnose childhood obesity
  • distinguish simple obesity from obesity with an underlying medical cause
  • discuss obesity-related comorbidity
  • assess which children are at risk of obesity-related morbidity
  • advise families on how to prevent and manage childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is an issue of increasing concern for public health. The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of over one million children (aged 4-5 and 10-11 years) each year in primary schools in England .The fingertips database in England has published data on the prevalence of obesity in children for 2018/19 school year.

Instructors / Speakers
Sunaina Khanna,
Academic GP, Cardiff University


Sunaina is an academic GP in Cardiff University. After medical school she carried out paediatric training in the Evelina Children’s Hospital, London obtaining her membership in paediatrics and child health. She then decided to change to GP training. On completion of training she became an academic fellow in the department of primary care, Cardiff University so that she could combine her interests in clinical practice and teaching.

Faye McCleery,
GP Retainer, Wishaw Health Centre, Logan Practice

Faye graduated from Glasgow University in 2003 and she is currently a GP retainer in the Logan Practice based in Wishaw Health Centre.

Faye particularly enjoyed her Paediatrics SHO post as well as the Paediatric element of General practice. As such she undertook a GP Fellowship in Paediatrics following completion of her GP training.

It was during this time that Faye developed an interest in childhood obesity. Together with Dr Ian Hunter, Paediataric Endocrinologist, she undertook a study looking at the identification of childhood obesity in primary care. They also developed a proforma for the investigation of childhood obesity in the local hospital. Faye continues to maintain an interest in this area in her daily practice, and she is the GP representative on the Lanarkshire Childhood Healthy Weight Initiative.

Faye is co-author of the e-GP session ’Childhood Obesity’.

Childhood Obesity course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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