Healthy weight

With approximately one in five children in NSW now above a healthy weight, it is important that parents know how to establish healthy habits from an early age.  Children who are above a healthy weight range are at risk of a number of poor health and wellbeing outcomes, including poor self-esteem, asthma, increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnoea, body dissatisfaction, fatty liver and orthopaedic complications.

What can you do to help your child keep a healthy weight?

8 Healthy Habits


   0 - 12 months12 - 24 months12 - 24 months


12 - 24 months


  2 - 17 years





Healthy weight factsheets

To help with managing weight in children and young people, there are a number of fact sheets available on The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) website.

Weight4KIDS is an online learning program for health professionals and others.
It offers a series of 11 e-learning modules developed by experts to inform and educate health professionals from all disciplines in the assessment and treatment of children and young people who are above a healthy weight range.

•    Access the online education program (NSW Health employees)
•    Weight4KIDS (non-NSW Health employees)
•    Visit Healthy Kids for Professionals

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Healthy kids factsheets - Arabic

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Healthy kids factsheets - Simplified Chinese

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