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Overweight and Underweight Module for GP/Family Medicine professionals

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
4 hours
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This course is split into the following sessions:

  • Session 1 explores the normal variations and trends in body shape during adolescence and the factors that commonly influence it, including genetic, ethnic and lifestyle factors. It explains how growth is monitored and explores the common barriers that health professionals may encounter when assessing body shape.
  • Session 2 will describe nutritional requirements during adolescence, typical eating patterns which could lead to nutritional deficiencies, common dieting strategies used, and the additional nutritional needs arising with pregnancy.
  • Session 3 will describe patterns of eating behaviour in adolescence and the factors that influence these patterns. A model derived from social and ecological psychology will be used to explain how adolescent eating behaviour can develop from four levels of influence: individual, social, environmental and cultural.
  • Session 4 describes recent trends, causes and sequelae of obesity in adolescence and assesses treatment options, including common dieting and exercise approaches.
  • Session 5 will cover the complex area of obesity management at a population and individual level and outline the government strategy in this area. Relevant public policy documents will be highlighted and key targets for intervention will be explained.
  • Session 6 will describe the key elements in the medical assessment and management of adolescent obesity and its relation to type 2 diabetes. It will also cover the identification of pathological causes of obesity.
  • Session 7 gives an overview of the nature, aetiology and risk factors linked to Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. Also covered are the diagnostic elements that allow us to distinguish between eating disorders and other conditions affecting the eating behaviour of young people.
  • Session 8 covers the stages of the assessment of eating disorders, taking into account diagnostic criteria, nutritional status and the role of the family.


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Overweight and Underweight Module for GP/Family Medicine professionals
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Obesity Management
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
4 hours
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