With approximately one in five children in NSW now overweight or obese, it is important that parents know how to prevent their children from becoming overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is linked to poor self-esteem, asthma, increased risk of heart disease, sleep apnoea, body dissatisfaction, fatty liver and orthopaedic complications.
To help with the management of childhood overweight the team at The Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) have prepared a number of fact sheets. They are available on The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) website here.
Weight4KIDS is a professional development online learning program for all health professionals. It offers a series of 11 e-learning modules developed by experts with the specific purpose of providing information and education to health professionals from all disciplines in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who are above a healthy range.
Access the program at http://weight4kids.learnupon.com
Resources for families and clinicians are available in multiple languages from the downloads and translations sections.