Nutrition & Obesity Prevention

PE Central-The Premier Web Site for Health and Physical Education  
Resources for health and physical education teachers, parents and students. Provision of the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programmes. 220 piblished best practices and assesments.

Weight Management Centre
Specialist in the delivery of obesity and weight management education and intervention programmes.

Caroline Walker Trust
Improving public health through good food

Childrens Food Trust - Eat Better Do Better
The national charity protecting every child's right to eat better and, so, to do better. Vision? That all children have the balance diet, cooking skills and food education they need for good health and to reach their potential.

Infant and Toddler Forum
Feeding young children practical advice from experts. Leading experts from paediatrics, neonatology, health visiting, dietetics and child psychology, specialising in early years nutrition and development. The ITF provides reliable, evidence-based information and practical tools to support you in making the right choices when
feeding toddlers

NHS Choices - Your health, your choices
Food and Diet. General advice on healthy food and diet choices.

Start 4 Life
Healthy tips and advice for pregnant women, new mums, dads-to-be. friends and family

Body, Mind and Child - BAM! (Body And Mind)
Educators Guide to Preparing Your Child's Bodies
There are several options. You can download podcasts for free from Itunes or listen on BAM Radio

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet

HSCIC | 28 April 2016

Key facts

  • In 2014/15, more than 1 in 5 children in Reception, and 1 in 3 children in Year 6 were measured as obese or overweight. Children in most deprived areas are twice as likely to be obese than children in least deprived areas.
  • In 2014/15, there were 6,032 Finished Consultant Episodes (FCE’s) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity and a main or secondary procedure of bariatric surgery.

  • In 2014, 519,000 items were prescribed for the treatment of obesity in primary care in England. That is 8% less than in 2013 when 563,000 items were prescribed.

  • The net ingredient cost (NIC) of these prescription items was £15m in 2014, half the 2011 figure.

  • In 2014/15, 36% of adults (16+) played sport at least once a week. 57% did not play any sport in the 28 days prior to being surveyed. 


School-based intervention to enable school children to act as change agents on weight, physical activity and diet of their mothers: a cluster randomized controlled trial

Abstract from | International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2016

School health promotion has been shown to improve the lifestyle of students, but it remains unclear whether school-based programs can influence family health. We developed an innovative program that enables school children to act as change agents in promoting healthy lifestyles of their mothers. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of the child-initiated intervention on weight, physical activity and dietary habit of their mothers.


A 12-month cluster randomized trial was conducted, with school as a cluster. Participants were mothers with grade 8 students, aged around 13 years, of 20 schools in Homagama, Sri Lanka. Students of the intervention group were trained by facilitators to acquire the ability to assess noncommunicable disease risk factors in their homes and take action to address them, whereas those of the comparison group received no intervention. Body weight, step count and lifestyle of their mothers were assessed at baseline and post-intervention. Multi-level multivariable linear regression and logistic regression were used to assess the effects of intervention on continuous and binary outcomes, respectively.


Obesity Data and Tools

NCMP Local Authority Child Data Profile

Child obesity data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)2006/07 to 2014/15 are now available in an online child obesity local authority data tool.

The tool provides local authority level child data (underweight, healthy weight, obese, excess weight – overweight including obese) for Reception (aged 4–5yrs) and Year 6 (aged 10–11yrs).

The tool also presents trend data and enables easy comparison of local authority data, allowing users to compare regional neighbours and local authorities with similar characteristics. Data quality indicators are also available in the tool, for example rate of participation in the NCMP.

The tool now includes inequalities data (sex, deprivation and ethnic group) by local authority. We would welcome user feedback on this new area of the tool to help improve it in the future.


Growing Up in Scotland: Overweight, Obesity and Activity 
Alison Parkes, Helen Sweeting and Daniel Wight
Prepared for the Scotish Government: Children and Families ASU by the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.
Smarter Scotland - Scotish Government