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Understanding and Tackling Obesity course for Nurses

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

This session covers child eating behaviours and child obesity.

Learning objectives

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

  • Describe changing trends and influences on childhood weight by considering four aspects:
    • Societal, economic and media pressures
    • Learned habits/parental influences
    • Emotional problems expressed through eating
    • Genetic and disease-related influences
  • Sensitively discuss the issue of weight and describe behaviour change theories and motivational interviewing techniques
  • Recognise the emotional and physical impacts of obesity and how they relate to adult obesity and disease risk
  • Assess the evidence and feasibility of personal level interventions and how varied goals can be measured
  • Describe the challenges of population level interventions for obesity and physical activity

This session uses self assessments that help you check what you have learnt. You do not have to use them and your answers are not seen by anyone else.

Instructors / Speakers
Rachel Pryke,
GP, Redditch

Rachel is a part-time GP and trainer in Redditch, Worcestershire, with particular interests in child obesity, adolescent health and women’s health.

She was appointed Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Clinical Champion for Nutrition for Health in April 2011 and established the RCGP Nutrition Group in 2013.

Rachel contributed to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Obesity Steering Group 2013 report:- ‘Measuring up: The medical profession’s prescription to the obesity crisis’.

She contributed to the 2013 Royal College of Physicians ‘Action on Obesity: Comprehensive care for all report’, which looks at how the NHS should adapt to meet the needs of an increasingly obese nation.

Rachel has written two books – ‘Weight Matters for Children’ and ‘Weight Matters for Young People’, Radcliffe Publishing 2006. She has co-authored the obesity modules of the e-Learning for Health Adolescent Health Project and is a member of the RCGP Adolescent Health Group.

She has completed a research project in conjunction with Warwick University, examining the practicalities of offering a child obesity prevention intervention in primary care.

Rachel is married to a GP and we have three boys.

Understanding and Tackling Obesity course for Nurses
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Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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