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.
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