The UK NSC recommendation on Obesity screening in children

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed February 2007
Next review due in 2021/22
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The final versions of the latest screening for obesity review documents will be published in 2019.


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Obesity

Obesity is when a person has too much body fat for their age, height and sex. Obesity usually happens when you eat more calories than you burn off by physical activity. Body fat is usually calculated as the Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. There are special charts to show what the BMI should be in children of different ages.

>>Read more about obesity on NHS UK


Association for the Study of Obesity
Faculty of Public Health
Institute of Child Health
Obesity Group of the British Dietetic Association
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Surgeons

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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