Understanding Childhood Obesity
Evidence-based strategies to help children and adolescents to effectively lose weight
This course explores the strategies to help tackle childhood obesity. All you need to do is complete the home study assessments, there's no practical attendance required.
Levels of childhood obesity in the UK and other western countries are out of control. Equip yourself with the latest knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver safe and effective exercise and nutrition interventions to make a real impact to the health and quality of life of children and adolescents.
Childhood obesity is a national emergency and the number of children that are either overweight or obese are at critical levels. According to data published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), around 31% of boys and 28% of girls are now classified as either overweight or obese. As children age and move towards adulthood, current trends indicate that body mass index (BMI) continues to rise exponentially, which perhaps explains why currently in the UK, more adults are now classified as overweight (36.2%) or obese (28.0%) than are of normal or low bodyweights (35.8%).
The effects of childhood obesity are considerable and far reaching, affecting the physical, mental, emotional and social health and wellbeing of these children and their families. Being overweight or obese as a child is also directly linked with poorer outcomes with regards to education and there is generally a lower quality of life for children that are overweight or obese.
Our Level 3 Understanding Childhood Obesity Course has been specifically created by leading exercise scientists, doctors, dieticians and nutritionists to ensure we deliver the very latest scientific evidence to you. Childhood obesity is a complex and multi-faceted problem that is far-reaching, and has a wide range of causes and consequences.
Treating obesity is far more complex than just managing energy intake through diet and energy expenditure through exercise and physical activity. This highly interactive and engaging online course will walk you through everything you need to know to make a meaningful impact to obese and overweight children.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course and even if you have no prior fitness qualifications or experience, you may still find this course valuable. However, the course does include quite a lot of technical anatomical, physiological and epidemiological information, so if you have no prior experience of these subjects, you may find the course a little more challenging.
This course is fully accredited by the YMCA Awards.
This programme is the only course of this nature in the active leisure sector and it has been specifically created by a team of clinicians and exercise scientists to ensure you get the most accurate information available. To get the most out of this programme, we strongly advise that you take your time, digest and apply the information, before completing the online assessments.
This childhood obesity programme has been developed by leading clinical professionals and doctors to ensure the content is trusted and authoritative. We've simplified complex content with interactive eLearning, vibrant resources and mobile friendly content, so this course is manageable anytime, anyplace.
Arm yourself with the latest evidence-based information for tackling childhood obesity and join thousands of graduates working with some of the biggest gyms and institutions in the country.
The course is assessed formatively throughout the course with a series of multiple-choice knowledge checks being presented from inside the eLearning modules. Once you’ve completed the eLearning, you’ll also need to complete an end of unit assessment to ensure you have retained the information you presented. You can re-take these assessments as often as you need to pass them.