Practitioner guide - obesity

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Childhood obesity and excess weight represent a significant public health challenge (World Health Organisation (WHO) 2012). Many children are growing up in an obesogenic environment that encourages weight gain and obesity due to an imbalance of energy, consuming too many calories and expending too little (Department of Health (DH) 2008). Children who live in a family where at least one parent/carer is obese are more at risk of becoming obese themselves.

What is obesity and how is it measured? SHOW

When does it become a safeguarding issue? SHOW

Responding to obesity when neglect is an issue SHOW

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary
NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Southampton City Council