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Obesity Prevention in Children course for Paediatrics

Speciality Classification
Paediatrics General
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
NHS England, Healthy Child Programme, eLH

This session examines the key lifestyle areas that are important when tackling obesity prevention, and considers the importance of motivation, parenting skills and practitioner qualities when working with families.

This session was reviewed by Lucy Pylypiw and updated in February 2017.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify obesity risk factors and growth patterns that are linked to child obesity
  • Explain the need for a holistic approach to obesity prevention and what it entails
  • Describe the key elements of a healthy lifestyle
  • Describe the key parenting skills that support a healthy family lifestyle and why emotional well-being is so important
  • Recognise how hard behaviour change can be, and how best to support families to adopt a healthier lifestyle

This session introduces you to the evidence base for, and an approach to, working with parents of babies and toddlers to help them achieve a healthier family lifestyle and prevent obesity

Instructors / Speakers
Candida Hunt,
Programme Director for HENRY

Candida Hunt is a parenting educator and training consultant who specialises in healthy lifestyle and childhood obesity prevention. She is currently Programme Director for HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young), which she founded in 2007 with Professor Mary Rudolf, having previously developed a family-based child obesity intervention, Families for Health, for the University of Warwick.

She was a founding director of the parenting charity Family Links, and author of The Parenting Puzzle – How to Get the Best out of Family Life, the Nurturing Programme coursebook. She also runs a private counselling practice.

Mary Rudolf,
Consultant paediatrician and Professor of Child Health, Leeds

Mary Rudolf is a consultant paediatrician and Professor of Child Health in Leeds, UK. She has a special interest in the epidemiology, treatment and prevention of child obesity and has led on three interventions aiming to tackle obesity – WATCH IT, EMPOWER and HENRY.

She is author of Tackling Obesity through the Healthy Child Programme: A Framework for Action and Identifying Obesity Risk in the Early Years, both published on the UK National Obesity Observatory site.

She is on two Expert Advisory Groups to the Department of Health – Healthy Weight Healthy Lives and the Healthy Child Programme.

Obesity Prevention in Children course for Paediatrics
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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