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PHE child Weight Management Services

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Public Health England has published the following documents relating to commissioning child weight management services:

Let’s Talk About Weight: a step –by-step guide to conversations about weight management with children and families for health and care professionals – tools to support health and care professionals have conversations about weight management with children and their families.

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NIHR Signal: Intensive lifestyle interventions can help obese young people lose weight

 

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Obese children and adolescents can lose up to seven pounds over six to 12 months when they engage in at least 52 hours of behaviour-based lifestyle interventions. Minimal benefit was seen with shorter contact time, with less than 25 hours ineffective. The control group gained weight.

Rising obesity in the young is a global concern, which may lead to high rates of obesity-related diseases in adulthood. This review identified trials covering various weight management strategies. Lifestyle-based-interventions with sufficient contact time – as recommended by UK guidelines – showed clear benefits with no evidence of harms.

Investing in effective strategies to manage child obesity will ultimately save healthcare costs. Behaviour-based support should now be assessed for long-term weight loss and maintenance.

The evidence is still lacking whether universal child screening for obesity should be performed in the UK.

Link to review here

Cochrane Review: Drug interventions for the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents

This systematic review is part of a series of associated Cochrane reviews on interventions for obese children and adolescents and has shown that pharmacological interventions (metformin, sibutramine, orlistat and fluoxetine) may have small effects in reduction in BMI and bodyweight in obese children and adolescents. However, many of these drugs are not licensed for the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents, or have been withdrawn.

Cochrane Library, 29th November 2016