During the course of their daily work, paediatricians can identify in children lifestyles that are unsatisfactory and may potentially cause obesity, which makes their participation in educational interventions from childhood vital. They can also identify children who are overweight and can alter the factors that may be negatively influencing their energy balance. Of course, they won’t be able to remove these influences, but they will be able counteract their effects through general education interventions centred on children and their families and also aimed at the education system and the social and political environments.
The following guide has been written to promote the integration of health education programmes into the daily work of primary health care professionals. It facilitates primary health care professionals in giving practical advice to patients and families on the benefits of a good diet and on increasing physical activity levels, using different methodologies and often in a different context from that of their Health Centre.
Guide to child obesity for primary health care professionals